12 infant corpses staffed in boxes at Pumwani hospital

A screen grab after Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko discovered 12 corpses of infants hidden in boxes during an impromptu visit at Nairobi's Pumwani Hospital

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was on Monday caught on tape saying members of Cabinet deserved some shots of whiskey after holding a special meeting on the discovery of dead bodies at the Pumwani Hospital.

One box contained one body, another six and another five.

The Cabinet meeting went on for about twenty minutes and was recorded live on Facebook. He said he had received a video showing the hospital's staff ferrying infant bodies in boxes from the wards.

The troubling events transpired when the Governor made an impromptu visit to the hospital following public complaints that machines in the maternity wing were switched off.

The management found it hard to explain the death toll and how the bodies ended up in boxes in a store rather than in the morgue.

He added: "I want to categorically state that human life must be respected no matter the case".

The governor, dressed in camouflage, arrived unannounced at the facility on a motorcycle, Kenyan media reported, after he got a tip-off from members of the public. A hospital employee told him only one died since Friday.

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But Mr Sonko said he had credible information that there were more.

Sonko ordered the employee to open several boxes and plastic bags kept in a room.

After the raid, Sonko alerted senior police officers to look into the matter and warned of instituting a legal suit against the staff at the facility for the negligence.

"This is a police matter. You can't lose 12 babies in a day", Sonko is heard lamenting.

The maternity facility, run by the Nairobi City County, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.

Suspended top officials at the hospital have been instructed to show cause within 14 days why disciplinary action should not be taken against them.

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