Woman brutalized by husband for refusing to submit salary, another over custody of their child

Two Kenyan women are currently receiving treatment at the Nyahururu County Referral hospital after they were attacked by their husbands in separate incidents.

32-year-old Zipporah Wanjugu (left) is nursing serious injuries on both hands and head, which she sustained after her husband attacked her with a panga (large knife) on Wednesday night, August 3rd at their home in Wiyumiririe village in Laikipia County.

Vivian Moraa, 23 (right) a labourer at Suera Flowers Company, claims her husband picked a panga and told her that he would chop off her hands ‘just like the other lady who was on TV'.

The resident of Suera area on the outskirts of Nyahururu town sustained serious head injuries after being battered by her husband because she refused to share her wages with him.

"After receiving my wages, I went home with household goods I bought from Nyahururu town and that angered my husband. He said that it was wrong for me to buy household goods and yet he had no money," she said.

In Mrs Wanjugu case, she had gone to pick her three-month-old baby from her estranged husband’s home when the the incident happened. She said she had domestic differences when she decided to separate from her husband.

"I separated from him two months ago only for him to storm into my rented house and take away the baby without uttering a word. I finished my work and went to pick the baby so that I could breastfeed him only for him to start insulting me before picking a panga which he used to attack me," she said.

The mother of four woke up to find herself in a hospital bed and later fell unconscious. A police officer at Ndaragwa police station who arrested the man said the attacker had poison in his pocket during the time of the arrest.

"After the incident was reported to us, we rushed to the scene and arrested the man. He had tried to commit suicide because he had poison in his pocket," said a police officer.

The victim claimed that the man had turned her into the sole breadwinner for their four children, adding that he had threatened her on several occasions saying he wanted both of them dead.

A doctor at the facility said that the two women are out of danger, but Ms Wanjugu’s left hand had been severely damaged.

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