Kenyan woman whose hands were cut by her husband, was pregnant for another man


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Last year, it was reported that Jackline Mwende had her hands chopped off her hands with a local knife, by her estranged husband, Stephen Ngila Nthenge, for allegedly having no child after 7 years of marriage.

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Nthenge was arrested and charged with attempted murder. Jackline is now pregnant for another man. In an interview with The Nation, Kenya, she said she was pregnant before the attack for a close friend she had been dating before the sad incident. 

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She said she has no regrets, because she “opted to go this route” out of her deep-rooted desire to bear a child. She said that there hasn’t been any contact between her and the man since she got pregnant, because they had agreed that he should impregnate her after which they should go their separate ways.

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“I wanted a child. I was desperate and it is that yearning and probably the devil too that made me stray out of my marriage. But I did it to save my marriage. It was wrong to do it and I know people will judge me harshly for it, but I am remorseful because I was desperate. 

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Knowing that am alive today, and that I will be a mother soon, is the silver lining in the middle of all the heartache and gloom,” she said. She also added that the attack may be connected to her being seen in public with her lover.

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“We had sought accommodation in Machakos town because I did not want to bring him to my matrimonial bed. After spending time with him, I went back home, where I lived alone because my husband had taken off three months earlier,” she said.

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“It was after the attack that I found out that my husband had asked my neighbours to spy on me. They were the ones who told him of my trip to Machakos with the man.” 

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A German organisation, Merck, had taken Jackline in and built her a 2-bedroom house. Merck will support Jackeline throughout the rest of her life to empower and enable her to become an independent productive member in society.

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