Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has drawn public wrath for donating cooler boxes to Pumwani Maternity Hospital for use as temporary storage facility for dead infants.
The donation comes a day after Mr Sonko stormed the hospital and discovered 12 bodies of infants’ stores in boxes and polythene bags.
Following the incident, Sonko has since suspended the hospital’s superintendent Dr Catherine Mutinda, its administrator Zaddock Angahya and Dr James Kamau who was the obstetrician and gynecologist on duty.
“As we plan for immediate improvement of maternal care at Pumwani Maternity Hospital, I have personally donated cooler boxes to be installed in a temporary mortuary at the facility,” Sonko tweeted on Wednesday.
The tweets were accompanied with photos and a short video clip showing the installation of the equipment at the hospital.
Installation of coolers at Pumwani Maternity Hospital for a temporary mortuary. https://t.co/kKAvJPWJ5M
— Mike Sonko (@MikeSonko) September 19, 2018
While Sonko termed his donation as a temporary gesture aimed at improving the services provided at the facility, his actions have been interpreted differently by a section of the online community, some of whom read mischief in the whole saga.
We don’t need philanthropy. We need plans and we need systems that work. These coolers are a temporary solution to a public problem and we cannot solve a bad situation ‘in the meantime’. Please, get together a Council of Experts to help you resolve Nairobi issues long term.
— Everlyn Mung’au (@EMungau) September 19, 2018
This was the plan all alone to bring in this coolers, who is the contractor.the drama was all staged.
— abdi adan (@aaden786) September 19, 2018
Sonko you are smart in your own way, you always know how to dramatise a situation and bring a temporal solution, kudos
— Pastor Ronald (@OyombaRonald) September 19, 2018
Mike Sonko, you expect us to clap for you but we won’t. You are dealing with smart Kenyans who know the have been taxed for delivery of better service so and wont settle for your handouts. Pumwani is reflective of the poor state of leadership and you cant blind us with handouts
— HARRISON MAREX (@HarrisonMarex) September 19, 2018
Dear @MikeSonko the only way to help Pumwani Maternity Hospital is make it a semi-autonomous teaching and Referal hospital totally separate from City Hall & Run by a Hospital Management Team. Waking up and firing everyone for crimes beyond their control won’t help. Fire City Hall
— SIMON KIGONDU (@simonkigondu) September 19, 2018
Nairobi county is so poor that the governor keeps donating for Institutions to keep running. @UKenyatta should learn from you.. ?
— kisumu ? (@onyulomike) September 19, 2018
Nairobi doesn’t need your philanthropy Mr. Superman. The tax the residents pay should be enough to cover these fundamentals which you love ‘donating’ for your clout. Myopic
— Edwin (@Edjetter) September 19, 2018