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Sh4m anaesthesia machine stolen from Chuka hospital recovered in Mwiki

A Sh4 million anaesthesia machine stolen from the Chuka Level Five Hospital in Tharaka Nithi county was on Tuesday found in Mwiki, Nairobi.

The machine had mysteriously gone missing from the hospital two weeks ago.

A suspect who works as a surgical health officer has been arrested in connection with the theft  and recovery of themachine and is expected to be arraigned in court Thursday.

Governor Samuel Ragwa said the machine will be returned to the hospital on Thursday.

Mr Ragwa said detectives are looking for more suspects because the theft could hardly have been executed by one person.

“I am happy that the machine has been recovered intact and will be delivered back to hospital and the suspects taken to court,” said Mr Ragwa.

The county boss said his government will not tolerate rogue employees who stagnate the delivery of crucial services.

Mr Ragwa said stringent security measures will be put in place to ensure such cases do not reoccur.

Chuka/Igambangombe MP Muthomi Njuki said interventions by Director of Criminal Investigation boss Ndegwa Muhoro helped boost the search and recovery process.

“The police acted swiftly and keenly and made sure the machine is recovered,” said Mr Njuki.

Last week two watchmen working in the hospital were arraigned in court in connection to the theft.