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A 37-year-old mother of four was reportedly attacked by her husband on February 18, 2016, following accusations of infidelity. The attack which led to the amputation of her right leg, was done with a minibus which her aggrieved husband used in running her over.
The woman identified as Margaret Wambui, who is being held at the Nairobi women’s hospital over 4 months of unpaid bills, said her husband Stephen Gichuhi, who is a bus driver, deceived her into accompanying him somewhere before he carried out his evil deed.
According to Wambui, her husband had asked her to follow him to a neighbour’s house, but took her the house of a politician whom he accused her of having a secret romantic affair with.
Here’s what the politician said when asked about the visit to his house:
“They found me unpacking things from my car. I asked them if they needed any help. I thought they had come, just like many other constituents, looking for help. The man said the person they had come to see was not there. He then directed his wife to get into the matatu (minibus)”
Narrating her experience, Wambui said there was an open confrontation in front of the politician’s house, accused both her and the politician and also threatened that he’d never share her with anyone while he’s still alive. She also said Gichuhi pushed her out of the bus and ran over her right leg several times. Here’s what she said:
“After a few metres, he opened the passenger door and violently pushed me out. I was not expecting this and clung desperately to the door which was swinging. Then I fell.”
Here’s what an eyewitness identified as Julius Kimani had to say:
“I was coming from the highway and had just branched into a feeder road. Then I saw a speeding matatu. The driver pulled over and started reversing as if he was looking for a way out as my vehicle was blocking the exit. I saw a woman clinging to the door of the matatu but then she fell. The driver reversed and ran over the woman’s leg. I ran towards the driver and who started attacking me with his car keys but with the help of my brother, Joseph Maina, we subdued him, grabbed the keys and forced him to sit in the back of the vehicle.”
Kimani said he asked Gichuhi if he had money to take his wife to the hospital, and he said he didn’t. Here’s what Kimani said happened afterwards:
“I reassured him not to worry as I would show him where the money would come from. As I slowed down at some bumps before entering Kikuyu Police Station, he opened the door and vanished.”
Kimani took Wambui to the hospital after first getting two police officers to accompany them to Kikuyu hospital and then informing her mother Mary Nyambura, that her daughter was in the hospital.
According to Nyambura, the police never arrested Gichuhi and they also released his minibus to him. Narrating what she went through at the police station, here’s what she said:
“When I demanded the OB number, they gave me the wrong one referenced 46/18/2016. And after going to several offices within the police station, I realised the OB was recorded in reference to six people who had been arrested for being drunk and causing disturbance.”
The politician accused of sleeping with Wambui has stated that his political enemies are trying to taint his name.