Violet Kemunto: Case of broken and estranged family with few links of kinship
SEE ALSO :The unseen war - Part 2Three sisters The Standard has established that Kemunto’s family hails from Nyamache sub-county in Kisii County, but they hardly visit.
SEE ALSO :Mombasa police raid house, free 31 womenA Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology journalism graduate, she had been living with Gichunge for the past three months at Guango Estate, Muchatha. Official version Kemunto’s whereabouts remain unclear, with the official version being that she ran away to Somalia, contradicting earlier reports that she had been arrested at their Guango house. The relative said she last saw Kemunto in 2015 during the burial of her father. “The family didn’t have much connection with people at home after they converted to Islam, but at least Kemunto and one of her sisters would try and reconnect,” she said.
SEE ALSO :Kenyan faces US sanctions over terrorThe relative said that after completing her university studies, Kemunto went to live in Thika and that is where she probably met Gichunge. According to the relative, Kemunto has said she doubted whether she would ever have children as she “would be running a lot of activities that would restrict her from having a family”. Kemunto was a keen observer of her faith and would tell relatives that “there are a lot of gains in being a Muslim”. Luxury cars The relative said that although laid back and an introvert, Kemunto loved the finer things of life and wanted to own a big house and luxury cars. “She loved nice things and wanted glamour but was an introvert depending on the environment she was in,” said the relative. The relative said that it was difficult to know that Kemunto was involved in terrorism-related activities. “When her pictures started circulating, we couldn’t imagine it was her. And as we watched, the news we were shocked,” said the relative. The relative added that Kemunto was hard to trace as she had three phone numbers and operated many Facebook accounts.
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