Mo­rans storm sta­tion over miss­ing pa­tient

They are seek­ing 32-year-old Samuel Le­lamoi Sonko, who mys­te­ri­ously dis­ap­peared from Cop­tic Hos­pi­tal

The Star (Kenya) - - News - KAMORE MAINA @kamore­maina

Scores of Maa­sai mo­rans stormed Kil­i­mani po­lice sta­tion yesterday, de­mand­ing a search be mounted for their kins­man who went miss­ing from a Nairobi hos­pi­tal.

They had trav­elled from as far as Birika in Ka­ji­ado. The mo­rans want to know the where­abouts of 32-year-old Samuel Le­lamoi Sonko, who mys­te­ri­ously dis­ap­peared from the Cop­tic Hos­pi­tal on Wed­nes­day. They want po­lice to ques­tion the hos­pi­tal’s ad­min­is­tra­tion over the dis­ap­pear­ance.

Ear­lier, the mo­rans armed with run­gus had at­tempted to storm Cop­tic Hos­pi­tal.

The man was ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal on Wed­nes­day morn­ing for a men­tal check-up. He was re­ported miss­ing from his hos­pi­tal bed in the af­ter­noon.

Hos­pi­tal staff could not trace the pa­tient within the hos­pi­tal com­pound. When Sonko’s rel­a­tives got wind of the news, they stormed the hos­pi­tal, but were turned away by se­cu­rity guards.

Yesterday, Kil­i­mani po­lice boss Peter Kat­tam said they are yet to trace the miss­ing pa­tient 48 hours later.

He said po­lice had cir­cu­lated de­tails of the man to all sta­tions.

The hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion told in­ves­ti­ga­tors the pa­tient had twice at­tempted to es­cape, but failed af­ter doc­tors tied him to his hos­pi­tal bed.

A source close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tions told the Star that CCTV footage from the hos­pi­tal cap­tured Sonko walk­ing out of his ward shortly af­ter 2pm on Wed­nes­day.

This in­ci­dent has put the hos­pi­tal un­der fresh scru­tiny, fol­low­ing bad press in so­cial me­dia.

The hos­pi­tal in a state­ment said some so­cial me­dia users had re­sorted to neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity to tar­nish its im­age.

The un­signed and un­dated state­ment cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia plat­forms.

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