How Babies are Sold in Kayole, Nairobi


Society amazes me everyday. Like now, did you catch the news item yesterday on Citizen TV about the sale of babies in Kayole?

For about 150,000 shillings, you can get yourself a bouncing baby boy or girl –though the cost for a baby boy may be abit higher coz they ‘sell like hotcake’ -literally. And no need to worry, the dealers have enough ‘stock’. Shocking.

Let me not talk much. Watch this news item.



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Maryanne W. Waweru is a Kenyan mum raising her two sons in Nairobi. A journalist, Maryanne is passionate about telling stories and hopes that through her writing, her readers learn something new, feel encouraged, inspired, and appreciative of what they have in their lives. Maryanne's writing focuses on motherhood, women and lifestyle. "Telling stories is the only thing I know how to do," she says.


  1. I cringed the whole time I was watching this, when I I bore my son six weeks ago, they put him in a little crib with a heater above it, and when I asked to hold him they told me to wait till they were done stitching me up, while I was being stitched up the nurses started telling me ‘unajua watoto hufanana’ then, remembered the many stories I have heard of babies being exchanged, so immediately the nurse was done insisted on holding my boy so I can look at him, and when he was handed to me I subconsciously marked his lips as the unique feature on him, it’s not that I thought they would steal my baby but the knowledge that it has been done made me a liitle suspicious

  2. It comes as no surprise that these women are selling or having their children stolen. There was a similar report some months ago but it was the baby’s mother who was selling. How many times in the whole of human history has a mother been told her baby was stillborn yet in fact was alive and healthy on his/her way to someone else’s arms. Heart breaking kabisa. I felt close to tears when the young woman was explaining how she was not allowed to see her supposedly dead baby. And how does one even begin to try to find their biological child when the one they went home with was evidently swapped at birth? And what happens to the one that they have been raising as their own once they have found their child? The baby they rescued will undoubtedly be reunited with mum and I hope all will end well. Is surrogacy legal in Kenya?

  3. My friend’s one-week baby girl has just been kidnapped in Umoja estate, what measure can she take to help her get back her baby? Please advice


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