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Jackline Mwende reveals details of pregnancy by another man

Ms Jackline Mwende, the woman who burst into the limelight last year from a hospital bed after, she said, her husband chopped off her hands because she could not bear him a child, is now heavily pregnant, and proudly so.

The father of the baby, whom she is not naming, is a close friend she had been dating before she was attacked.

She conceived about three days before the alleged attack by her husband, and she has no regrets for it because she “opted for this route” out of her deep-rooted desire to bear a child.

LEFT: Ms Jackline Mwende at her father's home in Kathama village. RIGHT: Stephen Ngila Nthenge at Wamunyu law courts on August 1, 2016.
LEFT: Ms Jackline Mwende at her father’s home in Kathama village. RIGHT: Stephen Ngila Nthenge at Wamunyu law courts on August 1, 2016.

Her marriage to Mr Stephen Ngila Nthenge had been childless, and on Tuesday, she told the Nation at her Masii home in Machakos that the attack might have had something to do with the fact that, a day earlier, she had been seen in public with the man she was having an affair with.

“We had sought accommodation in Machakos town because I did not want to bring him to my matrimonial bed,” she explained yesterday, the pain of the memory from seven months ago squeezing the resultant sheen of pregnancy from her eyes.

Jackline Mwende during the interview with Nation at her new house in Kathama village. Mwende who is expectant thanked all well-wishers who have been helping her recover after her hands were chopped off by her husband. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE
Jackline Mwende during the interview with Nation at her new house in Kathama village. Mwende who is expectant thanked all well-wishers who have been helping her recover after her hands were chopped off by her husband. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE

“It was on the Saturday of July 23, and after spending time with the other man I went back home, where I lived alone because my husband had taken off three months earlier.”

On the night of July 24, a day after the Machakos sojourn with her lover, Mwende was attacked with a panga, sustaining deep cuts in her head and hands that forced doctors to amputate both her hands.

For more, buy a copy of the Daily Nation of February 22, 2017 .