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Police in pursuit of a child trafficking ring suspect 

Police in Machakos are pursuing a suspect alleged to be part of a group of three women being investigated over a child trafficking racket.

The move follows the arrest of two of the suspects currently being held by police over claims that they bought two infants in Nairobi and another one at Mlolongo town with intention of selling them off.

One of the suspects identified as Rose Ndumba John was arraigned before Machakos court on Thursday. She is currently being held at the Machakos Police Station after she was unable to raise the required bond of Sh.500,000.

The second suspect  is being held at the Kamukunji Police station in Nairobi as detectives piece up information to strengthen their case against the duo.

Sources close to the investigations revealed that the duo was arrested on February 25 with the three babies at the Machakos Level 5 hospital where they had taken the infants for treatment for undisclosed infections.

Medics at the hospital however, became suspicious after the women appeared helpless every time the babies began crying and refused to suckle.

This prompted one of the doctors to interview them only to learn that the children were not theirs but had been ‘bought’ from someone else.

The  Machakos OCS, Abdi Mohammed  who spoke to the press said investigations into the matter had established that the illegal deal was first mooted at the Nacico  Plaza in Nairobi.

The initial deal saw the first two twins both aged four months sold out to the women by their mother identified as Yvonne Minoo.

The second baby aged one month and two weeks was sold to the suspects at Mlolongo town. Each of the children is said to have been sold out at sh.10,000 with the police yet to arrest the alleged sellers of the children.

The Machakos Sub County Children’s Officer, Mrs. Emily  Kimanzi, commenting on the matter said her office was waiting for Police to conclude investigations into the matter before they can identify the best place to take the infants.

She said currently, the children will have to remain at the Machakos Level 5 hospital to enable doctors monitor their condition.

The incident comes barely a week after a woman admitted before a Nairobi court of stealing an infant from the Kenyatta National Hospital.

Ms. Edna Kemunto Mabuka was arrested by Police in her hideout at Kawangware estate with a three-week old baby stolen from the referral facility on February 18.

She is currently remanded at the Muthaiga Police station waiting to be arraigned again in court tomorrow for mention of the case.

By  Samuel  Maina/Eric Masaku

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