Woman in fake death claim to be charged

She said her child died at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Hos­pi­tal but later ad­mit­ted she needed money for fam­ily needs

The Star (Kenya) - - News General - FAITH MATETE @fay­matete

A Kisumu woman who faked the death of her daugh­ter claim­ing she had swal­lowed a Sh20 coin will be charged to­day af­ter po­lice es­tab­lished she lied to ob­tain money from an MP.

Kisumu Cen­tral po­lice boss Peter Omwana said Emily Anyango Ochieng’ caused a stir at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teach­ing and Re­fer­ral Hos­pi­tal on Fri­day when she claimed her child had died at the hos­pi­tal.

He said in­ves­ti­ga­tions by po­lice re­vealed the child she was re­fer­ring to is alive and healthy. Omwana said the woman later told doc­tors her only problem was to get money from Kisumu East MP Sha­keel Shab­bir.

Shab­bir was will­ing to pay, but Ochieng’ re­tracted her state­ment, in­stead say­ing the child had died.

“We have her in cus­tody and she will ap­pear in court on Mon­day [to­day] for giv­ing false in­for­ma­tion,” he told the Star on Satur­day.

Ochieng’ claimed her eight-yearold daugh­ter died af­ter physi­cians at the fa­cil­ity re­fused to at­tend to her be­cause she did not have Sh10,000 for surgery. Be­fore that, the mother of five had gone to Shabir, ask­ing him to help raise the amount the hos­pi­tal de­manded.

Hos­pi­tal CEO Ju­liana Otieno termed the al­le­ga­tion false, say­ing they did not ad­mit Ochieng’s child.

“I was called by Sha­keel over the same mat­ter. I told him there was no death of any child at the hos­pi­tal on that day for a pe­riod of 24 hours,” she said.

MEN­TALLY DISTURBED?

Otieno said they thought Ochieng’ had some men­tal com­pli­ca­tions af­ter con­firm­ing the child was alive. She said they brought in a trauma coun­sel­ing nurse to talk to her for al­most two hours, af­ter which she ad­mit­ted she needed the money from the MP.

Other sources say Ochieng’ said her chil­dren were hun­gry, as they had only taken por­ridge for three weeks, hence she needed some money to buy some­thing for them.

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