By Moses Masinde.
Police in Webuye, Bungoma County on Wednesday, July 10, arrested a 22-year-old woman on suspicion of planning to steal a baby from Lugulu Mission Hospital.
Josephine Nafula, a Ugandan national married in Mbale, Vihiga County, was taken to the medical facility while in “labor” on Monday night, only to be discovered that she wasn’t even pregnant.
Lugulu Mission Hospital lead doctor, Jackson Fuko, said they removed pieces of cloths, which she had formed into a ball and strategically placed them on her abdomen to give the illusion that she was heavy with a child.
Nafula claimed she was pregnant a few months ago, but she suffered a miscarriage and, consequently, feared her husband would leave her upon realising that she had lost the pregnancy.
Nafula says she was married two times before — and that four of her pregnancies did not grow to term, triggering her marriages to come to a crashing halt.
Confirming the incident, Bungoma East OCPD, Valerian Obore, said police have begun investigations into the bizzare incident.