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Woman mutilated by husband gets new house, stocked shop

A woman whose hands were last year chopped off in Masii, Machakos county, has got a reprieve after a German organization built her a four-room house at Kathama village.

Ms Jackline Mwende, who has since been fitted with prosthetic hands, was handed the house by Taita-Taveta Women Representative Joyce Lay.

Ms Lay hd lobbied the Merck More Than a Mother organization to come to Ms Mwende’s aid.

The house is installed with solar power and a water tank. The house is built on her father’s farm.


The organization also opened and stocked a shop in Masii town to enable Ms Mwende to cater for her upkeep through the business.

Ms Mwende thanked the organization for their compassionate help and urged them to continue their service to humanity.

“I am very happy for your help. Now I will be able to at least support myself financially,” said Ms Mwende told her benefactors.

On Monday, her father Mr Samuel Munywoki said the county government had employed a helper for Ms Mwende at a cost of Sh10,000 per month.

“She cannot touch water or come near fire because this will affect her prosthetic hands. She has to be helped to bathe,” said Mr Munywoki.


He said the county government had also promised a monthly stipend of Sh30,000 but had not honoured the promise.

Ms Mwende’s husband Stephen Ngila was released on a bond of Sh200,000 and is facing charges of attempted murder.

The case came up for hearing on February 7th at Machakos court where Mwende’s witnesses testified.

It will continue on February 27, next week.