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

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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.

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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.

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American bride ‘undergoes FGM’ in Pokot traditional wedding – VIDEO

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An American missionary living in Baringo County braved female genital mutilation in order to fulfill the marriage customs of the Pokot in her traditional wedding.

The American couple has lived among the Pokots for the last 10 years doing missionary work.

Trizah and Tony said they fell in love with the Pokot culture and decided to wed in adherence to the traditions.

Among the Pokots, the bride must undergo female genital mutilation as a rite of passage to adulthood, a condition the American couple readily agreed to.

The marriage ceremony took place in Paka Hills.

Trizah was given a Pokot name Cheigar.

“I am proud to be here and be a part of this. It’s a blessing for me to be able to do this and be accepted by these people” Tony told K24 TV in an interview.

Female genital mutilation was banned in Kenya eight years ago after the enactment of Female Genital Mutilation Act 2011.

Communities still practice the vice albeit in secrecy.

By nation.co.ke

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VIDEO: “Drunk” Kenyan in US faces up to 99 years in Prison ‘after killing man in wrong way vehicular homicide’

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A Kenya man faces up to 99 years in prison after he was charged with felony murder and intoxication assault on a peace officer.

Two Harris County Sheriff’s deputies were injured and the man they were taking to jail was killed when they were hit head-on by a wrong-way driver in west Harris County.

Investigators believe that wrong-way driver, who has been identified as 39-year-old Patrick Njogu, was drunk.

Authorities say Deputy C. Drake and Deputy P. Zelaya were going eastbound on the Westpark Tollway at Synott around 11:30 p.m. Sunday when Njogu slammed his Lexus into their patrol vehicle.

The deputies had left the scene of a major crash before that and were taking the 42-year-old prisoner in the backseat of the patrol unit to jail for allegedly being impaired.

Investigators spoke to the deputies who said they had little time to react. They believe Njogu was headed the wrong way on the road for more than a mile.

Sean Teare with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office says he has seen video of the collision.

“You can see the moment the two deputies go over the hill on the on-ramp as this defendant is basically exiting Westpark the wrong way,” Teare said.

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Other drivers apparently called 911 in the moments before the crash, trying to warn authorities of the coming danger. The Harris County Toll Road Authority then located Njogu’s vehicle on camera but could not prevent the head-on collision.

Deputy Drake was driving, but he was unable to take evasive action.

“He had nowhere to go. It is an on-ramp, a one lane on-ramp. He was only able to see him for a split second before the head-on,” Teare explained.

Officials say everyone was wearing a seat belt, and they were all taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. The prisoner died.

Deputy Drake had a broken foot, numerous bruises and cuts, and Deputy Zelaya suffered a concussion. Njogu was taken to the hospital with a broken leg.

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Authorities say Njogu has five previous DWI arrests and three previous convictions in Illinois and Missouri.

Teare described Njogu as being highly intoxicated.

“He told the deputies or asked the deputies whether or not he was in the state of Missouri immediately after the crash,” Teare said.

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Njogu had a Texas driver’s license.

According to the district attorney, as long as he had been adjudicated for the other convictions, there would be nothing that would prevent him from getting a Texas license.

-Agencies

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ROTICH ARREST: Uhuru set to name his replacement as Treasury CS [VIDEO]

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President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to name a replacement for Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich ans well as Principal Secretary in the same Ministry, Kamau Thugge, following their arrest on Monday. A source at the State House told ksnmedia.com that the President had made it clear to his cabinet that if any of them is charged in court over corruption, he would have to be replaced as the case is prosecuted.

“It goes without saying. The gloves are completely off and the President is ready to go the whole haul,” said the source who sought anonymity as she is not authorised to speak to the media.

Earlier this year, President Kenyatta told a joint sitting of parliament that those who will be taken to court will have to step aside.

“If you are charged in a court of law, you will be replaced,” said Kenyatta amid cheers from the lawmakers.

On Monday, the Director of Public Prosecution put out a lengthy statement, with minute details of how Kenyans were taken for a ride over dam projects whose cost was inflated to Sh63B.

Former Vice President Musalia Mudavadi is in agreement that the President should immediately name a replacement. “He has to do it even if on a temporary basis,” Mudavadi told NTV’s Kennedy Muriithi in an interview on Monday evening.

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All eyes are now set on the presidency to see whether these statements will come to pass.

 

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