Ngilu on gender-based violence
GENDER BASED VIOLENCE IS A NO! I C. Ngilu wish to condemn, in the strongest terms, the increase in senseless killings of women all over the country.
The recent murder of Christine Nyokabi in Kasarani by her boyfriend is just one of the many cases of women who have been murdered over the last two years and their cases have remained unresolved.
These women who are being killed are in the prime of their life, with young children to look after. This is a national crisis which must be addressed by all leaders.
We must have a national conversation on this crisis and so that urgent measures are taken to prevent more murders of innocent women. The following is a list of some of the women who have been reported in the media and whose cases have never been resolved:
1. On April 13th, Catherine Nyokabi was murdered by her boyfriend in Kasarani, Nairobi.
2. On April 1, Pauline Wakasa, a police officer was murdered by her husband, who is also a police officer.
3. On March 15, Jennifer Wambua, a deputy director at the National Lands Commission was murdered in unclear circumstances.
4. On April 7, Betty Barasa was ambushed and killed by unknown people.
5. On February, 19, Caroline Maina, a businesswoman was lured to her death by her business partners.
6. On March 21, Celestine Nduku, was murdered by her husband in Isiolo.
7. On 23rd February, Velveline Mungai was lured to a hotel by a well-known businessman She was brutally raped and killed.
8. Charity Cheboi Kiprop, a registration officer of the National registration bureau and her son were murdered by her boyfriend.
9. Sheila Njeri Murage was mrdered in kilimani under unclear circumstances10. Monica Kimani, a business woman, murdered in Kilimani Nairobi.
11. Joyce Syombua, a business woman and her two children murdered in Nanyuki, by her estranged husband.
12. Eunice Muthoni Njeri, a student in Egerton University was murdered by her friends13. Mercy Njeri was urdered by her husband in Njoro.
14. Leah Otieno was murdered by her husband, a military offcier in Nakuru.
15. Emmy Cheboi Chepkoech, a teacher was murdered by her husband.
16. Margaret Muchemi, a health worker was murdered by her estranged partner in Mwiki.
17. Mary Wambui Kori murdered by her husband’s lover am aware that there are many other cases of women who have been murdered in our villages and towns but the cases go unreported.
Of great concern is the fact that the perpetrators of these heinous crimes against women are still walking free and probably killing other women.I am calling on all leaders in Kenya to raise our voices against this dangerous culture of murdering women, which is slowly taking root in our country.
Murder of any member of the society must be condemned. But murder of women, who are surpassed to nurture our future generations must be condemned in the strongest terms. As National and County Governments we must not let these murders happen under our watch.
I urge the security agencies to take serious measures to investigate and take action against the perpetrators of these heinous crimes. I also urge the media to report these cases objectively in a manner that does not victimize the victims.
When the media reports possible reasons for the murder such as love triangle, deal gone sour etc, the media is inadvertently justifying these murders and in effect reducing the national outrage of these murders.
Our women must feel secure in their homes, in their businesses, in the universities and in any other areas where they earn their livelihoods.I urge all Kenyans to stand up and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH…..‘STOP THE MURDER OF OUR WOMEN’!
The author, Charity Kaluki Ngilu, is the governor of Kitui County