A woman from Nairobi’s Komarock estate is distraught that her daughter is crazy about her allegedly violent ex-boyfriend whom she has accused in court.
Wanjiru Muriuki, 45, claims Edward Angwenyi Mukua alias Foggy, seduced her in 2014 but their two-year affair came to an end after the mother of two - a son in his 20s and a teenage daughter - dumped Mukua.
Wanjiru told The Nairobian that when they met in December 2014, “I was hesitant at first but later accepted him” and “we eloped though we didn’t live in the same house” but whispers from neighbours were not encouraging.
“When I asked him what he was engaged in and if he was a thug, he became violent and started harassing me,” claims Wanjiru, who ended the affair in May 2015 when he showed up at her house and in anger and damaged some of her household items, including a glass table.
“I reported the matter to police and he was arrested and charged with malicious damage of property. He was released on a Sh20,000 bond but never attended hearing of the case No.2364/2015 at Makadara Law Courts until he was arrested again in June this year,” she said.
As they battled in court with Foggy, Wanjiru claims she noticed her teenage daughter gradually becoming mysterious. She would even disappear from home.
“All of a sudden, my daughter who cleared class eight last year changed. At some point, she asked me to drop Edward’s case if he pays for damages. Towards the end of 2015, while I was sick, I gave her Sh1,000 for tithe but she vanished and never showed up for more than three days.”
Wanjiru later learnt that her daughter was spending time with Foggy. Reporting the matter to Kayole police apparently did not help as “I was ridiculed as insane and an HIV victim.”
Her daughter would also send her disturbing messages. One read in part: “Mum I’m your daughter for heaven’s sake, if something happens to him, I will do something that you will live to remember for the rest of your life. I’m begging you in the name of the Lord, get him out please. He loves me and I love him too, let him free and I promise I will go back to school knowing that he is out, thanks.”
Help came from head of Internal Affairs Leo Nyongesa who called the then Kayole OCPD for action. Foggy was arrested on August 5 but “when I went to the station the following day, I found my daughter telling the cops to release her man.”
Wanjiru who has since gone into hiding says, “I ran way when two men broke into my house. I believe they wanted to kill me but failed. More confusing is how Foggy was released in my absence in a Nairobi court over defilement after he claimed my daughter is over 18.”
She added, “I’ve tabled the original birth certificate in court but I’ve been dismissed and denied justice. Foggy is out and I suspect he’s hiding and misleading my daughter.”
We tried contacting Foggy but he is unreachable. Meanwhile, the Kayole OCS Ben Baraza said, “I cannot tell you anything concerning him, just wait for him when he is presented in court and ask him all the questions.”