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Twist of events: Woman whose head, hands were slashed 31 times by husband blames her father

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Purity Muthoki, the 24-year-old Makueni woman whose head and hands were slashed 31 times by her estranged husband on Saturday night (June 13), has revealed she was in an “extremely abusive” marriage.

Muthoki, who is receiving treatment at the Makueni County Referral Hospital, said she persevered her violent relationship for three years, hoping her spouse would change.

“When we were staying in Mlolongo, Machakos County, he used to physically assault me — very often. In March this year, I decided to end the marriage, and returned to my parents’ home in Kwa-Muvai Village, Mbooni East in Makueni County,” Muthoki told Mafans.

The victim’s husband, she said, would visit her at her father’s home to plead with her for a reunion.

Muthoki now says her father is to blame for what befell her. According to her, every time she’d return home after being assaulted by her spouse, her father would urge her to return to her matrimonial home. Muthoki said her parent would reach at that decision after her husband visited him.

“Until recently, my father was in communication with my estranged husband, trying to find a way they would convince me to return to my marital home,” she said.

The suspect, Boniface Mutua, arrived at her in-laws’ place at 8pm on Saturday, June 13, and met his father-in-law, Julius Makau.

“They talked for some time. He, thereafter, through my father, asked if he could speak with me, but I refused. I had locked myself in my room at the time. My father left home at 9pm, after instructing my estranged husband to spend the night in one of the rooms.”

A few hours later, Muthoki said, she saw her spouse descending from her roof, leaving her shocked.

“Upon descending, he locked my door and came to the bed. He said only one mission had brought him to my parents’ home: killing me. He, thereafter, whipped out a machete, and started slashing me haphazardly, ignoring my calls for dialogue,” she said.

Her screams attracted the neighbours’ attention, who rushed to the scene.

The irate neighbours stoned the suspect to death. Police took his body to Tawa Sub-County Hospital morgue.

Makueni Governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana and his deputy Adelina Mwau visited Muthoki in hospital recently.

“Violence against women should not be tolerated in our county nor country. Women are not punching bags to men who feel aggrieved in their marriages. I have directed the gender unit in Makueni to closely monitor Muthoki’s welfare,” said Kibwana.

The victim, a mother of a 10-year-old son, got married to the deceased, when she was 14 years old, the age in which she conceived.

She is responding well to treatment, though her arms had to be amputated, doctors at the Makueni County Referral Hospital told Mafans.

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He is a very dangerous man! Sonko’s daughter accuses senator of attempting to kill her

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Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip and Saumu Mbuvi, daughter of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, have announced their separation following wrangles and disagreement.

The reports were fuelled by photos and videos of Senator Loitiptip hanging out with a female friend.

Saumu, on Instagram, announced that the two have separated, claiming that she has undergone domestic violence under Loitiptip.

“These are the things he did to me,” wrote Saumu, in one of her photos showing a swollen face and bruised lips.

“He almost killed me. I will forever fight for women to stand for their rights. Never allow a man to be violent to you.”

She also claimed that the senator had neglected their child, leaving Saumu as the primary caregiver.

Loitiptip told Kenyans.co.ke that Saumu shared her father’s traits and was suffering from bipolar disorder, threatening to expose her past to prove his claim.

The two have been dating for months and at one point planned to get married. However, Sonko’s daughter clarified that the two had split before officiating their union.

“Wedding date confirmed,” she captioned a picture of herself and the senator in June 2020.

Her previous relationship with businessman cum politician Ben Gatu also ended after she accused him of being violent.

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US raises alarm over Covid-19 cases surge in Tanzania

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The US government has revealed that there are significant cases of Covid-19 in Tanzania.

This is just a week after it advised its citizens against travelling to the East African country.

“The US Embassy is aware of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since January 2021,” the Embassy said.

In a Health alert, the US said the practice of Covid-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited.

The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on Covid-19 cases or deaths since April 2020.

“Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care,” US said.

The Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that travellers should avoid all travel to Tanzania.

The Embassy continues to recommend that all individuals take caution in day-to-day activities.

President John Magufuli assured the 58 million inhabitants that they need not worry about observing Covid-19 preventative measures.

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Siwachii wezi! Uhuru vows not to leave the country to thieves in 2022

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday made a surprising stop to lecture Nairobi residents after finishing his engagement at the National Cargo Deconsolidation Centre (NCDC-Nairobi).

The Head of State said he was angry at Nairobians for being against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill stating that the report has given Nairobi more constituencies.

“If we have a BBI that says the people of Nairobi will have more constituencies and if it’s bursaries a child in Mathare who today receives Ksh500, how will that child study up to university level,” President Kenyatta said.

“But there is another child who gets Ksh100,000 in Busury per year is that right?… BBI is not for helping Raila or Uhuru it is for you,” he continued.

Uhuru went on to disclose that he has no plans to rule after his term is over and his interest is in finishing the job that Kenyans elected him to do.

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