Sonko Fires Top County Officials for Contradicting Him Over Pumwani Saga

Governor Mike Sonko has suspended the Nairobi county secretary Peter Kariuki, Health CEC Vesca Kangogo, Health chief officer Mahat Jimale and County Attorney Lydia Kwamboka.

He claimed that there was some in subordination from the said officials after the Pumwani saga where he found corpses of newborn babies stuffed inside boxes at the hospital after he received claims that the hospital generator had been deliberately switched off causing the deaths.

The governor, in a statement on Tuesday, appointed in an acting capacity, Pauline Kahiga to act as the County Secretary.

He also named Charles Kerich to act as the acting Health executive, Mohamed Saleh (Health Chief Officer), and David Aseko as acting county attorney.

This followed after the four officers defended Pumwani staff against Sonko’s accusations following the discovery of bodies of 11 babies in a room at the hospitality.

The officials cited systemic failures as the problem at the facility even as the governor maintained that the children died as a result of negligence.

The hospital has maintained that none of the children, highlighted during the governors’ raid, were a case of emergency mishaps.

The Nairobi health county officials who visited the facility earlier on had indicated that all the deaths of the infants were accounted for.

The managers said the deaths were normal and called for patience with the DCI, medical board, and Health ministry probe into the incident.

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