Woman in Busia Hospital Standoff Released on Bond

January 9, 2024

On Monday, the authorities charged Vanesa Ogema, the woman caught on camera harassing hospital staff at Port Victoria Hospital in Busia County, with assault.

She also faced charges of causing malicious damage to property and making threats of injury to individuals employed in the public service.

Ogema, who surrendered herself to local police on Sunday, appeared before the Port Victoria law court, where she pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The court approved her release on a Sh200,000 bond, requiring a surety of the same amount. Notably, the court did not provide an option for cash bail.

The incident, which took place on January 1, prompted medical professionals to go on strike in protest against the harassment of health workers. This resulted in patients being left unattended as operations remained paralyzed at the facility.

Ogema’s lawyer, Leonard Okanda, said she had issued an apology regarding the viral incident of verbal harassment on social media.

“I have had extensive discussions with Vanesa. The events of January 1 are heavily regretted. She is a Medic who respects the Medical Profession, she respects nurses deeply and we do not wish that whatever happened be the reason why people in Port Victoria and neighboring areas have to suffer,” said Okanda.

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