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Kwale Woman Opts Out of Abusive Marriage

A 29-year-old Kwale woman who was brutally beaten by her husband suspecting her of having extra-marital affairs is seeking for justice.

Mlongo Mbui a mother of six children on Monday visited the Kwale police headquarters with serious bruises on her body to report the assault and seek her husband’s arrest.

The woman, a housewife hails from Mteza village of Banga location of Matuga sub-county.

The distraught woman’s eyes were swollen and she had hard black spot bruises on her thighs and lower torso.

During the visit to the police station, she was accompanied by a member of the local community policing committee in her locality Ndeme Mungaro.

The woman who was cuddling her one-year-old child narrated to journalists how her husband often attacks accusing her of infidelity. “My husband of eight years constantly accuses me of cheating on him,” she told reporters amid sobs.

Mungaro says the husband, a palm-wine tapper and a perpetual drunkard beats his wife regularly accusing her of having an affair with different men.

He said on Sunday night the 35-year-old husband came home drunk in the wee hours and started assaulting and strangling his wife who was saved by neighbours who responded to her distress call.

Matuga sub-county police commander Francis Nguli said police will hunt for the man and press charges of assault in court under domestic violence crimes.

Nguli said local police are doing their best to ensure that perpetrator of gender-based violence is stopped, brought to book, and rehabilitated.

The police chief noted that the sub-county has seen a surge in domestic violence during the COVID-19 crisis.

He urged religious leaders, the media, and civil society activists to help to those fleeing from cruelty including domestic abuse and sexual violence.

By Hussein Abdullahi

 

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