The wife of Boniface Murage says she helped her husband in drawing a plan to sneak their one-month-old daughter out of Kenyatta National Hospital after they were unable to raise a Ksh56, 000 medical bill.
Agnes Eleo, who is in her early twenties, says “that was the last option left for us”.
Ms Eleo, who is a house-wife, says she and Mr Murage, 22, had tried – through a harambee to raise the Ksh56, 000 – but only managed to get Ksh2, 000 from relatives, neighbours and well-wishers.
The new mother of one further told EDAILY that she couldn’t “push her husband beyond his ability”, hence the reason they hatched a plan of smuggling the baby out of KNH.
“My husband works very hard to put food on the table. That, I can confidently say,” said Ms Eleo.
“Under normal circumstances, he wouldn’t attempt to do what he did. He did that out of desperation. When he shared the plan with me, I thought it was the only option we were left with; and that is why I backed him up,” said Ms Eleo, who has been married to Mr Murage for one year now.
“The plan was that he goes out with the baby as I remained behind. I would, thereafter, follow him. However, he was caught while I was walking down the staircases,” said Ms Eleo.
The couple lives together in a single-roomed mabati house at Ole Kasasi in Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County.
Mr Murage, whose source of livelihood is digging trenches, was arrested at KNH on Monday while attempting to sneak out their daughter from the facility. He had stashed the baby in a gunny bag.
On Tuesday, he was charged at the Milimani Law Courts, where he was given a suspended three-month sentence.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko offset the Ksh56, 000 medical bill.