MIGORI, 22ND JANUARY 2018: The woman whose hands were chopped off by her husband in Taranganya village, Migori County now fears for her life and that of her children.
Speaking to journalists at her hospital bed in Ombo Mission Hospital, the woman Mary Rioba Mwita said she is afraid of going back to her home after the Friday night incident that left her hands decapitated by her husband.
“Am afraid of going back to my home when I will be discharged after my treatment and healing because I never know what my husband will do to me,”she said.
The stressed and frail-looking mother of nine said that she needs help to enable her children continue with their education since she was the breadwinner of her family and feels nobody is helping the children.
The now sick and bedridden mother of five said that they have had quarrels with her husband for a long time but the recent incident went out of hand and she is afraid of going back to her home for her own security reasons.
“My children are now at school and nobody is attending to them, I need help from well-wishers to enable me and the children survive since my hands are now cut I have no other way of providing for myself and children."
She said that her husband has got no job at all and the family has been depending on her tireless efforts to get food and other basic needs but now that is not possible due to the permanent deformities on her hands.
The mother added that the police went to her home, took her chopped off hands and went back to the police station but she still does not know what they are doing with it.
“The police are alleged to have visited my home and took the hands but I cannot tell where they have ended with their investigations regarding the matter, ”she said.
However her brother-in-law Samwel Matiko said that the husband Musa Matiko has gone missing and wants to make sure that the mother does not get justice at all costs.
“The husband has gone into hiding and we want justice to be exercised on the perpetrator of that heinous action and the law must be applied to apprehend him and bring him to book,”he said.
Kehancha OCPD Makumbi Benard confirmed that the husband is now at large but the police are already trying to find him and bring him to face justice.
“The perpetrator and suspect of this barbaric action has gone into hiding and efforts to apprehend him are now underway as police have intensified the search,”he said.
The Ombo Mission hospital matron Gladys Nyaboke said that the mother is responding well to treatment and medication but she is still in pain.
“The frail mother is now responding well to treatment and medication since she was admitted two days ago but she is still in intensive pain,”she said.
The woman is now recuperating at the Ombo Mission hospital as she waits for justice to prevail upon her husband..
At the same time Universal Relief Foundation an Non Government Organisation has come out to help the woman get justice.
The Director of the NGO Jane Boke said that they will help the family to get justice and bring the culprit to book. She added that many women and girls in Kuria have always been battered and little is done to get the victims and their families justice.