2 January 2018

Kenya: Shame of Man Who Killed His Wife, Raped His Step-Daughter

Nairobi — He closed the door and ordered her step daughter to undress.

But she declined.

She could not comprehend why her father was asking her to undress in front of him.

But within no time, he became forceful and violent.

He then undressed her, tied her hands and legs apart and proceeded to rape her.

"Nimefanya hivyo, ili pia usikie utamu wenye mamako huwa anasikia tukilala na yeye (I am committing this act so that you too, can feel the pleasure your mother goes through when she sleeps with me)," he was done, and those were his last words after the horrendous act on the night of Sunday December 17 in Nairobi's Kibera slum.

This is the sad tale of Jane (not her real name), a 22-year-old girl, who has lost her mother to the cruel hands of the man, he used to call daddy.

It all started when their late mother Jackline Namwala told them they would sleep hungry, since she did not have money to buy food.

Her husband had left Sh200 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but they had exhausted the money after buying an extra packet of milk to make tea for a friend who visited them earlier in the day.

But two of her siblings aged 14 and 11 years decided to borrow Sh50 from a neighbour, which they would use to buy Omena, cooking fat and onions.

"Sh30 was spent on Omena, the rest we used to buy cooking fat and some onion," she narrated to Capital News on Tuesday. "We could not stay hungry and that is why we had to borrow the money because mum had delivered two weeks earlier. She was too weak and needed food to be able to breastfeed our newborn baby."

When their father arrived, he did not immediately realize that the food he was served was purchased using money borrowed from his neighbour and that is when he accused his wife of embarrassing him.

"He then descended on her with kicks and blows until she became unconscious," she narrated.

The pain of a mother

Beatrice Barasa, 57, alongside her husband and other friends were on their way to Meru for a burial when she received that call at 10.15am.

It was from Phillip Aromba, his son in law, who they accuse of inflicting injuries on the body of their firstborn daughter, leading to her death.

The call was received by her husband.

"He told him that his daughter was unwell; she was not speaking and had breathing problems," Barasa recalled.

"But we wondered why he had not taken her to hospital?"

The woman was later rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital, where she was admitted in critical condition.

On December 16, an x-ray report revealed her backbone had severe injuries and some blood vessels to the head had a clot.

All this time she was unconscious and on life support in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

On that day, all family members including the husband, who is now in police custody, spent the entire day in the hospital.

On December 17, Aromba returned home to freshen up, found her step-daughter.

"She asked her (Jane) what she was doing at his house... " Barasa narrated.

You see, she revealed, they had a quarrel at the hospital over the circumstances that led to her daughter's ailment.

He also seem to have been angered by his father in law--Barasa who is also said to have asked him why he seduced his step daughter days back in Kitale when her mother was attending a funeral in Ukambani.

"It is at that point that he learned we already knew, only that we decided to keep quiet about it, hoping that things will be alright."

This, perhaps, explains why Arimbo was angry at her step-daughter when he arrived home from hospital.

"What did you tell your grandmother and grandfather?" Arimbo is said to have yelled at her step-daughter, Jane.

He then proceeded, "I will do what I wanted to do with you there in Kitale."

It is at that point he closed the door, violently undressed her, unzipped his trouser and proceeded to rape her amidst loud music in the background.

All this time, Jane's 14-year-old sister was away but when she returned, she heard the commotion in the house which was locked.

"Jane was pleading with dad not to kill her," the 14-year-old girl recalled.

She rushed to her neighbours, to seek help but by the time they returned, Arimbo had already taken off.

Jane was on the floor crying, with blood dripping down her legs.

Barasa, who was now in the hospital attending to her daughter received another worrying call and was informed what had befallen her grandchild.

"I just screamed then handed the phone to their grandfather, who after hearing that, just yelled, oh my God, and returned it," a visibly distressed Barasa said.

Jane was admitted to Nairobi Women's hospital for four days before she was discharged.

This reporter has seen a medical report at the Nairobi Women Hospital confirming that Jane was raped and physically assaulted.

The matter was later reported at the Kilimani Police station on December 18, leading to Arimbo's arrest.

Jane's month succumbed to injuries at the Kenyatta National Hospital on December 24, leaving a 3-week old baby.

Police want to charge Arimbo with murder and rape, once investigations are over.

The prosecution has already been granted two weeks to complete investigations while he remains in their custody.

"I am really strained. I don't know how I will raise my 3-week old grandchild and pay school fees for the other three children," she said.

"It is very painful that she (the baby) is now being fed on powder milk because her mother is no more."

Kilimani CID chief Phyllis Kanina confirmed the incident which she described as "very unfortunate. We are investigating the matter to ensure justice is served."


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