NGO boss detained in a US hospital over Kshs. 24m bill

John Hopkins hospital in Baltimore, Maryland USA where Hilda is detained

The family is seeking for financial support from the Kenya Embassy in Washington

By The Weekly Vision Online

The Widows and Orphans Welfare Society of Kenya Chairperson (WOWESOK), Hilda Orimba is detained at the John Hopkins hospital in Baltimore, Maryland USA over a USD 125,000 (Kshs 24m) bill despite having recovered ready to travel home.

The family of Orimba, a veteran NGO civil rights campaigner, told The Weekly Vision on the phone that she had fully recovered from a bout of disabling diabetes, HBP and kidney complications but the hospital bill was too high. Orimba was admitted to the hospital in December 2020 after developing severe chest pains and acute pancreatic attack, barely able to make the eight-hour flight to the US from Nairobi for specialized treatment.

Hilda Orimba was widowed way back in 1997 and is a mother of 5 and 6 grandchildren and has spent the last three decades fighting for the rights of marginalized widows and oppressed orphans in Kenya

The family refuted claims that she had passed on saying she is doing well and everything is being done to settle the bill and fly her back home. The family has appealed to Kenya’s embassy in Washington to assist the elderly NGO chairperson. Orimba who was widowed way back in 1997 is a mother of 5 and 6 grandchildren and has spent the last three decades fighting for the rights of marginalized widows and oppressed orphans in Kenya.

WOWESOK Chairperson Hilda Orimba

Speaking to The Weekly Vision, NGO council chairman Mr Stephen Cheboi confirmed receiving reports that Orimba was admitted in the US urging fellow civil rights leaders both local and abroad to assist with the hospital bill. Mr Cheboi appealed to Kenyans in the diaspora especially those living and working in the US to urgently meet and pool resources as the bill “keeps accumulating daily.

The Orimba family has further urged their legal counsel Senator Irungu Kangata to raise the matter with his colleagues in the Senate and help with the hospital bill. Orimba was embroiled in a court case last year after her younger sister passed on and her “husband”, a city lawyer, attempted to reclaim rental properties in Nairobi’s Komarock estate.

Represented by Kangata, Orimba prayers were granted and she remains “sole custodian” of her sisters’ property but the lawyer has been accused of ‘scheming” to take over properties from a woman who was not legally married to him as no bride price was paid, they didn’t have any children.

  

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