MP'S SPOUSE IN HOSPITAL AFTER ROW
Kasarani MP Elizabeth Ongoro
The husband of assistant minister Elizabeth Ongoro is admitted in hospital after he became unconscious after a domestic row. Ferdinand Masha Ongoro was admitted to the Nairobi Hospital's high dependency unit last Thursday after he suffered head injuries. "We were at home with Mheshimiwa. As happens in all homes, there was a bit of a misunderstanding. The next thing is l woke up to find myself in hospital," was all Masha could say.
He said he and his wife, who is Metropolitan assistant minister and the MP for Kasarani, were at home when the incident happened. He referred the Star to the minister for a more detailed explanation of the incident. Numerous attempts to get Ongoro were unsuccessful as calls made to the cellphone given to us by her husband as well as text messages were not answered.
Masha, who has since been moved to the hospital’s St Teresa Ward said he did not have any history of suddenly becoming unconscious and said only his doctors could discuss his medical condition. He could also not explain how he got a big swelling at the back of his head. The swelling was clearly visible when the Star visited him at his hospital bed.
Family sources who were present at the time but who declined to be named as they feared the repercussions that would come with discussing the MP’s domestic matters, said Masha become unconscious after he was hit with a blunt object. “The first item, a vase, missed him when he ducked. But the second object hit him and he rolled down the staircase. By the time he reached down the stairs, he was unconscious. The bodyguards were called in to rush him to hospital,” said the sources.
Masha, a businessman in Nairobi described the incident as a “a minor domestic issue.” “I don’t want to drag my wife's name into it. I have children and a family to take care of. Thank God l am alive!,” said Masha from his hospital bed. Masha declined to say what the dispute was about. He also refused to say who had assaulted him or whether a stranger or strangers had come into the house. He was however categorical that the incident had not been reported to the police.
Apart from confirming that he and his wife had a misunderstanding, Masha was reluctant to give details about the events leading to his hospitalization on Thursday night. “At this stage let us just leave everything as it is. I will talk about that matter another day,” was all Masha could say. Police at Gigiri and Spring Valley police stations said they had not received any complaint of a break-in or any related incident from the MP or her husband.