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VIDEO: Judge Njoki Ndung’u says she was physically assaulted by her dad in Karen

VIDEO: Judge Njoki Ndung’u says she was physically assaulted by her dad in Karen
November 12
09:52 2017

BY BMJ MURIITHI

Kenya’s Supreme Court judge Njoki Ndung’u has for the first time revealed how, despite being brought up in the upmarket neighbourhood of Karen, she, her siblings and their mother led a miserable life thanks to her drunken and abusive father.

Speaking at the Hilton, Nairobi, Njoki told a gathering of Kenyan women that her father was a drunkard who used to terrorize the family often.

“We watched as he beat up our mother,” she said, adding: “We often would spend the night in the cow shed, terrified.”

She said there was no difference between them – living in the leafy suburbs – and families who experience domestic violence in less privileged neighbourhoods like Kibera or Korogocho.

“Many times, we were all thrown out of the house,” she said.

In the no holds barred speech, the judge said the terrible experience led her into making a decision earlier in life that she would follow a career path that would address the matter.

“I witnessed domestic violence first hand and that is what I have always sought to change.”

The audience burst into laughter when she told of how dangerous it is for a woman to use “bottom power.”

A man can impregnate a woman every day and yet the latter can not get pregnant again at least for nine months after conception…so who should be on the pill?, she wondered aloud.

It is a man’s world out there but we shouldn’t stop making our presence felt, she advised.

She told of how she did a lot for women when she was an MP, and even prior to that, including having more women leaders recognised, spearheading the zero rating of sanitary pads, etc…when there was only one unisex toilet in the chamber…when she and fellow legislator Cecily Mbarire were the youngest MPs in the house and men would sexually harass them by gently scratching their palms with one finger whenever they shook their hands.

She said that in life, she is guided by three principles: Planning, Passion and Prayer.

“There is nothing possible without the Almighty God,” she said.

Watch the speech here:

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