NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 10 – The last time the Capital FM news crew saw Jackline Mwende, she was in a hospital bed in Kikuyu Hospital where she was undergoing treatment after her limbs were allegedly chopped off by her husband.
On Monday, it was all excitement for her family at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when she arrived from South Korea, where she was fitted with prosthetic limbs.
Mwende walked out of Terminal 2 to a heroic reception by her parents and LG Electronics officials, who have spent more than Sh3 million on her medication.
“I’m extremely happy that I can now do a few things,” a visibly excited Mwende said while holding a bouquet of flowers she had received.
The electric limbs will take a few months to adjust with her body according to her doctor Michael Maru.
“But we can say she got her independence back with the limbs,” Dr Maru said.
She may not be able to undertake manual jobs but the doctor says she will eventually be able to feed herself and carry light things.
LG Electronics Marketing General Manager Moses Marji said besides taking care of her medical expenses, the company will also give her a generator to charge her limbs.
“We want Mwende empowered,” he said. “Every night she can remove the limbs and charge them. She will directly attach the limbs to the generator and charge them.”
The Machakos County Government had also promised to pay her Sh30,000 per month for one year.
He father Samuel Munyoki on his part says his daughter will not have to depend on anyone,” at least to undertake her basic duties.”
“I want her to resume her work once she’s fully used to the limbs.
Mwende, who says she has since forgiven her husband who’s currently in police custody, says she now want to move on with her life.
About the fate of her husband, she says,” the government will do what they want with him. I’m done with him. ”
It is a case that attracted a lot of condemnation from Kenyans and right groups, who described it as the epitome of gender based violence.
Her narrative has however been challenged, with reports that someone else could have attacked her but Mwende insist,” it is my husband who did this to me. I saw him. ”
The 27-year-old Mwende was discharged on Friday after being trained to use the myoelectric prostheses which will enable her perform much of the tasks just like her own limbs according to her Doctor Maru.
Her husband is facing charges of the assault even though there were claims that he may not have been involved in the attack since he was away at the time.
The attack occurred in late July at her home.