A 28 year old man was on Monday 21st, November arrested at Meteitei Hospital in Nandi and taken in for questioning by the police. Mr Ronald Kiprotich Melly, the medical superintendent of Meteitei Sub-County Hospital in Nandi was arrested for ironically not being a medical doctor.
The fact that he has been operating as a medical practitioner treating patients, performing surgery and delivering babies by Caesarean section; and even got promoted him to Medical Superintendent by the Ministry of Health; makes this incident all the more peculiar. It is however believed that he’s the grandson of the late Ezekiel Barng’etuny, a successful businessman and powerful Moi-era politician.
Mr Melly confessed to medical board CEO Daniel Yumbya that he still had three supplementary exams pending(at the University of Nairobi), meaning he was never qualified to graduate, let alone practice as a medical doctor. This was after he had been duped into going to the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board offices to renew his “permanent” medical license; and got arrested. Mr Yumbya said;
“The university cannot trace him on their records. He is not among those who qualified or failed in his year. What is even surprising is that Mr Melly says he has forgotten his university admission and registration number. I am waiting for official communication from the university tomorrow (Tuesday).”
The investigations on him were initiated after the board received a tip off from colleagues in the medical field who didn’t feel confident in his legitimacy as a medic. That, plus the fact that they’d never seen him in medical school neither could he name any of his lecturers.
Ronald told police officers that he had also worked at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital between May and October this year until he was appointed the Medical Superintendent of Meteitei Sub County Hospital where he would be in charge of the sub county.
Isn’t it incredible and creepy how he managed to pull of such a fete? Two years! He even managed to purchase a Honda CRV over the period. The curtains have however been pulled down on his charade and he will be answering to charges in court. The board is in the meantime working with the university to get his records, such as his registration number, which he claims not to remember.