Eldoret, KE – A man who posed as a woman to win international women’s sports competitions was arraigned on June 14 for impersonating a female nurse. He now claims that he is transgender.

Records show that the suspect, aged 26, posed as a nurse using the name Pamela Mulupi, and worked in the emergency section at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) for two days.

Nurses at MTRH became suspicious, and looked up the name on the interns’ register. Failing to find Pamela Mulupi listed, staff had the imposter arrested.

The suspect was initially held at Eldoret GK Women Prison. A warden discovered during a routine search that the suspect has a male organ. Corrections officers escorted him to the prison’s dispensary, where a doctor conducted a further examination, and confirmed that the suspect is male.

The suspect declared in court that his real name is Hillary Kiprotich.

“I was identified as male in primary school, but when I became an athlete, I registered myself as female,” the suspect told Eldoret court. He acknowledged before the Chief Magistrate that he has entered sports competitions as both a man and a woman.

Kenyan by birth, he has competed in sports in several nations, including Malaysia, Morocco, Zambia and Tanzania, winning at least three medals under the name Shieys Chepkosgei, investigators found.

The athlete was sanctioned for doping on October 8, 2016, and received a suspension from competing until December 2020.

Athletics Kenya, the governing body for the sport of track and field in Kenya, has reportedly vowed to press charges against the athlete for entering women’s sports by posing as a woman.

The man’s family was shocked when he came home and they learned that he had been competing in sports abroad as a woman, and had at the time advised him against it, the Standard reports.

His older sister, Rosebella Chepchumba, who became primary caretaker for him and other siblings following their mother’s untimely death in 1993, confirmed that her brother is anatomically male, and was not known to have a Disorder of Sexual Development: “I used to bathe him when he was young and he was a normal boy with no abnormality whatsoever.”

Growing up, he had preferred to wear his sisters’ clothes, she said. Two years ago, a man introduced the male athlete to his community as his “girlfriend.”

The suspect’s birth certificate, passport and national identification card, which were produced in court, identify him as a female with the name Shieys Chepkosgei.

“I am a man who associates with the female gender,” the suspect said. He is now demanding to be held in a special cell, apart from male inmates. He has filed a petition to the court, asking for an interpretation of the law on the kind of cells where transgender people are to be housed in.

Audrey Mbogua of Transgender Education and Advocacy said the suspect has a right to be identified with “the gender of her choice.”

A few commenters on social media express sympathy for the man. “This a transgender issue,” one commenter said.

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