Relatives of a lady who boiled stones to “feed” her children have reportedly been trying to steal the cash she has been receiving from wellwishers.
This was revealed during a gathering by the eight-member committee formed by the national government to manage Peninah Bahati’s newfound wealth.
Kisauni deputy county commissioner Jamleck Mbuba said a number of Bahati’s relatives are trying to steal her money from the bank and M-Pesa accounts.
“They even stole her national ID card and visited the bank with it hoping they might be able to withdraw some money,” Mbuba said.
The committee has since resolved to relocate Bahati to a four-bedroom house as she awaits the development of her new home.
Mombasa county senior social worker Elvina Mzungu said the home is situated at an undisclosed location in order that Bahati and her children can have a change of environment and ease the pressure from opportunistic relatives and other people .
Bahati also will be registered in the National Hospital Insurance Fund for subsequent three years.
“This is in order that whenever she or any of her children gets sick, she is going to be treated at almost no cost at a public hospital,” Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo, who is additionally within the committee, said.
Naivas Supermarket Nyali has also donated a Sh50,000 voucher for Bahati while the Children’s department and Education ministry will lookout of her children’s education.
Bahati, who lost four-month-old Mary Kaingu on May 7, has seven children. Her firstborn, Dama Kaingu, is 22 years old and dropped out at Form 3.