The horrors of domestic violence have once again caused public uproar after the story of battered Jackline Mwende hit the spotlight. Unlike many women, Mwende survived a very abusive marriage – with her hands hacked off by her husband – and is now inspiring others to follow suit.
Her experience has prompted the Machakos government to announce that she will be receiving Sh30,000 monthly, for a year. Governor Alfred Mutua’s wife Lilian Ng’ang’a said Jackline Mwende, 27, will also get free medical care.
She will also receive counseling until she recovers fully. Ng’ang’a said Mwende will also be served by a house keeper whose salary will be paid by the county for a year.
She condemned the beastly act while speaking on Wednesday during a visit to the woman at her parent’s home in Kathama village, while contributing Sh100,000 for Mwende’s immediate upkeep.
Ng’ang’a added that prosthetics and any other medical requirement will be at the disposal of Mwende throughout the year.
“There will be an ambulance at her disposal to take her to the clinic or hospital for check-ups for one year,” she said. “We will also train her so that she is employable and able to sustain herself.”
She said the Machakos government can cater for the woman for more than a year, but that it will depend on a review of her condition after the first year of treatment by the government.
Ng’ang’a was in the company of woman representatives Susan Musyoka (Machakos), Mary Seneta (Kajiado), Joyce Lay (Taita Taveta), Florence Kajuju (Meru) and Rose Museo (Makueni).
Others were entrepreneur Esther Passaris, Machakos chairwoman for Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Fransisca Mutinda and Fida chairperson Josephine Mong’are.
Activist Zawadi Nyong’o and LG Electronics marketing general manager Moses Marji were also present.
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The team urged women facing violence in their various home to speak up for government to take action. They called on Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko to contest the bail terms of her husband, Stephen Ngila who had been on detention since Monday.
Musyoka called on women to take up their rights, lashing on pastors to stop advising otherwise. Airing her view, Marji said the company will take Mwende for treatment on Thursday and pay all the expenses.
She added that the company will pay for her transport to the hospital and cater for her counseling and artificial limbs. Ngila hacked off his wife’s hands and struck her with a machete for being infertile.
Fertility tests have shown, however, that she is fertile, while her husband Ngila has fertility issues. Sources close to her family said the two had stayed in different apartment for about a year. She was living at their home while her husband had rented a different apartment.
The source also said she had struggled with domestic violence when they were still under the same roof. The notoriously tumultuous marriage ended after the extreme attack when she decided her abusive husband had raised his hand against her for the last time.
Mwenda spoke to a pastor about her abusive relationship in hopes of getting better advice but a pastor urged her to continue in her marriage, and fight for the heart of her man.
The husbandman was arrested on Monday pending the hearing of the case. The case might take between three to six months. And although the 27 year-old says she has forgiven Stephen Ngila, the state has insisted that he be dealt with the full weight of the law.
Also, Mwenda has said that she will never get back together with her husband again. Mwenda’s mother, Jane Munyoki, also swore never to let her daughter return to her husband’s house again.
In an interview, Mwenda’s mother described the pain she had had to go through.
Watch The Interview Below: