“I am happy with the ruling of the court,” Boniface Murage, the man who smuggled his baby from Kenyatta National Hospital has said.
Murage was on Tuesday freed on a three-month suspended sentence. That means Murage is free but should not commit any offense in the three months or he will serve the sentence.
Speaking outside the court after the ruling, Murage said he and wife took their baby to KNH after she developed a fever.
“The mother and the baby were in the hospital for three weeks. When the time came for my baby to be discharged the bill had reached Sh56,000,” he said.
Murage, 22, said as he was taking breakfast to his wife, he decided that he will take the baby out of the hospital without the knowledge of the wife.
“I took tea to her but then I had prepared the bag [a blue one with toy pictures] for putting the baby. So I took the baby and put her carefully in the bag,” he said.
He said that when he reached the security checkpoint, he was asked about what was in the bag. Murage said he was not afraid.
“They looked at the bag, then one of them asked me what was below the clothes. When they looked, they found the baby,” he said.
“The baby was safe and secure since I wrapped her properly and even left space for her to breathe since she was fast asleep.”
That is when Murage was arrested on Sunday for smuggling the baby out of the hospital.
Murage who is jobless said Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has promised to offer him employment to help his family.
“I know that my life will change after this promise from the Governor. I am grateful,” he added.
Sonko led his team to the hospital on Monday and cleared the medical bill and also secured a lawyer for Murage.