After more than a week of searching, Flying Squad detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations finally arrested quack doctor James Mugo alias Mugo wa Wairimu yesterday.
The officers pounced on Mr Mugo in Gachie as he moved from one hideout to another, ending a long search that saw the detectives move from estate to estate in Kiambu and Nairobi.
The officers had searched Kayole, Kiambu, Dagoretti, Tena, Kasarani and Gachie for Mr Mugo whose devious businesses were exposed in an NTV investigative piece last week.
Head of Flying Squad Musa Yego said the police arrested him at 7pm and detained him at Pangani Police Station. “We will arraign him at the Milimani Law Courts Wednesday,” Mr Yego said without divulging details of their nine-day search.
12 MOBILE PHONES
Earlier, a detective attached to the SCPU had said all the 12 mobile phones associated with Mr Mugo had been tracked, but none of them was on. “In one instance, we found the phone signal, followed it and found the gadget, but we could not find him,” the officer said, adding that he suspected the man was being hidden by a relative in Kiambu.
Mr Mugo, who was arrested in 2015 for operating a clinic without a licence and employing unqualified personnel, was again exposed last week by the TV story that showed him running a clinic under the influence of alcohol, allowing unqualified employees to conduct operations and sexually harassing his patients.
Two of his employees, Mr Victor Gathiru Kamunya alias Doctor Victor and Ms Risper Ouma Ogony, who were arrested at the clinic, were arraigned in court on Thursday and charged before Milimani Law Courts Magistrate Martha Mutuku.
The court heard that on November 3 at Millan Health International Ltd in Kayole, Nairobi, the two operated a pharmacy that was not in accordance with the provision of the law.
In the second count, the two were charged with carrying out a pharmacist business in premises not registered by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board and the last count was that they were operating a medical laboratory without registration and licence from the Kenya Medical Laboratory and Technologists Board on similar dates and place.
They both denied the charges and were detained until November 15 when the probation report is expected to be tabled in court.
Mr Mugo’s arrest came as the Nairobi assembly’s Health committee announced that it will this week meet to plan on how to crackdown on clinics operating illegally.
The committee is expected to hold a strategy meeting with county health and trade officials, Kenya National Union of Nurses and Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board representatives.