NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 4 – One after another, the fuel guzzlers snaked through the dusty roads of Kathima Village in Machakos County, headed to the home of Jackline Mwende, whose hands were chopped off by husband.
It was a big day for Mwende who unlike the previous times had a wide smile, ready to host the First Lady of Machakos County Lilian Nganga, the area Woman Representative and three other legislators.
The leaders were joined by the Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya (FIDA), and LG Company officials, who offered to cater for her medical expenses as well as taking her to and from hospital.
It was all eyes on Mwende, as political leaders, relatives and neighbours offered their support as well as condemning the brutality meted on by her husband of seven years.
It is with this environment that the previously bitter, angry and desperate 27 year-old Mwende forgave Stephen Ngila, who wanted her dead on the fateful day of the attack.
“Leo niko poa, si unaona hivyo? (Today I’m okay, can you see?),” she asked, during an interview with Capital FM News on Wednesday.
Asked whether she has forgiven her 34 year-old husband Ngila, she said, “yes, I have already forgiven him.”
She however stated categorically that they will not reconcile. “I will never return to his home.”
How did she find it in her heart to forgive Ngila after the brutal attack?
“You know, sometimes when people do such things, they are not in control of themselves,” she said adding that her husband “could have been under the influence of alcohol. It can affect him. nimemsamehe (I have forgiven him).”
Her mother Jane Munyoki vowed to ensure she does not reconcile with the son in-law.
The pain is still fresh and she knows the life of Mwende will never be the same again. “I will never forgive that man. I want him sentenced to death.”
“I would rather be killed than see my daughter return to that devil.”
She narrated the pain she continues to undergo, “seeing a daughter whom I gave out healthy, now being fed and cleaned. It pains me a lot.”