The accused is further said to have cut the victim’s forefinger, an indication that he could do worse. He raped her and left....
In cold blood: Who is murdering these innocent women?
Jenifer Wambua, the deputy director of communications at National Lands Commission (NLC) was reported missing by her husband Joseph Komu on Friday March 12, 2021. Three days later, her body was found by a herdsman in Ngong. The late Wambua is among an increasing number of women who disappear, only to end up murdered.
Businesswoman Caroline Maina went missing on February 12 after visiting a bank in Nairobi’s Ngara area and withdrawing Sh350,000 from her account.
Her body was later found in Kajiado, five days after she was reported missing. An autopsy report showed that she died of head injuries inflicted with a blunt object.
KBC journalist Betty Barasa was on the night of April 18th , shot dead by suspected robbers at her home in Ngong. Barasa, was fatally shot upon arriving home from work at 8pm.
And if women are not getting abducted or vanishing only to end up dead, they are getting bludgeoned with blunt objects, knifed and shot by their spouses, lovers or former lovers in an orgy of violence that had former Prime Minister Raila Odinga crying, “If you cannot reconcile, then, leave and let live. The abnormality of these murders cannot become normal.”
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Last year, 34 women were killed per month, up from 8 women killed per month over a similar period in 2019. According to data from government agencies, 2,032 domestic abuse cases were reported in the first half of 2020, up by 92 per cent from 1,057 cases over a similar period in 2019.
Israeli trained security consultant Richard Tuta says killings occur because someone stands to benefit from such a death.
“Social killings are based on relationships. So it can be a wife killing a husband or a brother killing another brother. It could even be a case of a jilted lover when one was promised marriage and it didn’t materialise. Generally, in Kenya, love, money, and land are highly emotive subjects and people easily get killed over such,” he says.
Experts say that domestic violence could be due to underlying issues such as financial distress due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
City based psychologist Faith Atsango says, “With Kenyans hard pressed financially, it is normal for human beings to transfer the anger to another place or person, and this ends up fatally in some relationships. Anger that builds up must be eventually displaced.”
Pwani University head of sociology Professor Halimu Shauri says not all cases are the result of frustrations.
“Some people are simply evil; they can kill you for money. Others are jealous to the point bordering on insanity, so they can kill their spouses for being unfaithful,” he says.
Bishop David Muriithi of the House of Grace says marriage binds people from different cultural, academic, social and financial backgrounds.
“Don’t keep everything under wraps for it will one day burst and make you murder someone. If the marriage is too toxic to stay in, move out,” he says.