Violence Against Women Kenya: Another gruesome act of violence against woman has been recorded in Nairobi. This is after a man tied his lover on the bed and set her ablaze in a gruesome murder that took place on January 21.
According to media reports, the victim who was identified as Margaret Muchemi, a resident of Njiru in Kasarani Sub-County, had invited her estranged boyfriend to her home to “iron out their differences”. Ms. Muchemi operated a private clinic in Mwiki, Kasarani.
The suspect arrived at the victim’s place at around 8am on Thursday. A report on the murder that appeared on K24 Tv quoted Muchemi’s two house-helps, Damaris Nyamusi and Zainab Naila in the detailed happenings that preceded the murder as follows:
“We offered him tea, but he said he was okay. All through, he cut a figure of a quiet and disturbed man,” said the nannies.
After a while, Muchemi, a 34-year-old mother of one (a 4-year-old son), asked Nyamusi and Naila to both go buy meat at a nearby butcher’s shop.
“She told us she would pay via M-Pesa,” said Nyamusi.
“When we reached the butcher’s shop and ordered meat costing Ksh500, we called our employer and asked her to send the money, but she said she hadn’t loaded cash to her M-Pesa wallet. Consequently, we left the meat and returned home,” said Nyamusi.
“Upon arrival, Muchemi, who was visibly irritated, asked us why we couldn’t let her talk in private with her boyfriend. She, thereafter, gave us Ksh500 and told us to go buy the meat and hang around until she was ready to have us back in the house.
“Hours passed by, and we hadn’t received a call from her. One of us (nannies) called and told her that we were hungry, and wanted to go back home and eat. Muchemi, whose intention was to keep us out longer, sent us money and said we should eat at any nearby restaurant,” said the other house-help, Naila.
The nannies said while having their meals, one of their neighbours called and informed them that their house was on fire.
“We rushed home and found smoke billowing from our boss’s bedroom. Neighbours had attempted to put out the fire. On accessing our employer’s room, we found her arms and legs tied to the bed, and her body charred by the flames. Her face was completely destroyed by the fire. Her estranged lover, was nowhere to be seen,” said Naila.
After a spirited effort by the neighbours, the inferno was contained. Nyamusi claims on Wednesday night she heard her boss speaking with her lawyer on phone saying that her (Muchemi’s) estranged boyfriend was demanding Sh. 37,000 which he had lent her.
“She said the man had threatened to come collect the money today (Thursday, January 21),” said Nyamusi. Violence Against Women Kenya.