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Shock as woman gives birth while waiting for ‘goodies at Jubilee rally’ – PHOTOS

Two women have given birth while attending pro-Jubilee rallies in Kiambere area, Embu county in one week.

The incidents have sparked outrage over the lack of maternity facilities in the area.

The political aspirant in the area explained that the pregnant women could not resist the lure of money dished in political gatherings in an area hard hit by famine.

LURE OF MONEY

The first birth occurred at Karuraa Secondary School during a prize giving day, while the second woman gave birth after prolonged standing at a political rally addressed by former President Mwai Kibaki aide de camp Geoffrey King’angi.

Mr King’ang’i announced the news on his Facebook page.

“My campaign speech was interrupted when a healthy baby girl was born 20 meters from my campaign venue. We all went to the home to celebrate the baby. She was named after my wife Gladys. And today happens to be our wedding anniversary. Glory to God,” he said.

PHOTO | COURTESY
PHOTO | COURTESY

At Karuraa, Ms Mueni Kiria went to labour as the crowd waited to be addressed by Mbeere South deputy County Commissioner Beverly Opwora.

The newborn girl was named Beverly.

GAVE BIRTH BEHIND CHURCH

Mr Lenny Masters Mwaniki, an area Ward Rep aspirant who was present during the event ,said the woman was rushed behind the local Catholic church where she gave birth to a bouncing baby girl.

“People then got water and washed the child and wrapped her in some clothing,” he said.

In the Tuesday meeting, Ms Lillian Wanja Nduma, 18, was assisted by traditional birth attendants to give birth at a nearby house as the political meeting went on.

 

“It is a shame that our women give birth without dignity due to lack of maternity facilities. We are asking the government to improve one of the dispensaries and equip it with at least five bed. That would be priority if I’m elected,” said Mr Mwaniki.