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Kenyan Man Allegedly Chops Off Wife’s Hands over Inability to Get Pregnant



Jackline Mwende and Stephen Nthenge

Jackline Mwende (L) and Stephen Ngila Nthenge (R)

A 34-year-old Kenyan man, Stephen Ngila Nthenge has been arrested for allegedly cutting off his wife’s hands as punishment for her not being able to get pregnant after seven years of marriage, The Nation Kenya reports.

Nthenge was also alleged to have inflicted serious injuries on his wife’s face.

The tragic incident took place on July 24 in Masii, Machakos County.

Nthenge reportedly fled the scene after the incident, but was arrested the next day July 25. He pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder charge filed against him. He will be remanded till August 5 for continuation of the case.

Narrating the incident, the 27-year-old woman, Jackline Mwende, a shopkeeper said:

I could not understand why he was blaming me yet we had gone to hospital last year and the doctors had said he was the one with issues, which could be corrected.

He moved out of our house three months ago and came back on Sunday (July 24) at around 8.30pm. When I opened the door, he said, ‘today is your last day’ and started slashing me with the panga (machete).

As he was inflicting injuries on me, I cried and called for help but he fled before neighbours arrived. They were all afraid of touching me, they thought I was dead. I was rushed to Machakos Hospital where I was given painkillers and got a blood transfusion. I was discharged on Friday.

Speaking to journalists, Jackline’s father, Samuel Munyoki Kyule said: “We want justice for our daughter. The person who did this should pay for it. She is now disabled and will need artificial hands to get her life together but we can’t afford anything. We are poor, we can’t even afford her painkillers”.

Photo Credit: The Nation Kenya


  1. Eliza

    August 2, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    What a monster

  2. ATL's finest

    August 2, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Some news these days, I just can’t deal, understand & comprehend. Just because she couldn’t conceive. Is she God? Or will she buy a child from the Market?? Now her hands are gone just for his own foolish mind.

  3. Natu

    August 2, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    African women are really suffering.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      August 2, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      As in…. na our own bad pass? Wetin????? How many crosses will we carry in this life, in the name of insane expectations? Did she seize his testes and lock them in a vault????

  4. Wale

    August 2, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    God please, purge our world from men and women with heart like this man…… Amen! May this man rotten in hell!

  5. oh dear

    August 2, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    seriously, while the world is going forward, it looks like some parts of us is going backwards. I was celebrating the ban of female genetal mutilations in naija the other day, now this???? I can’t.
    poor woman…have they ever heard the word divorce…say she couldn’t give u babies why not divorce her if that were the case…

  6. Omoté

    August 2, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Jesus!!! He should never be allowed to see the light of day, he clearly intended to kill her. I won’t be surprised if he was the problem the whole time.

  7. inlovewithmycrush

    August 2, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    This hurts my soul!!!

  8. Omoté

    August 2, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    The minute a man/woman gets abusive it can only go downhill from there. Lord help others out there get out before it’s too late.

  9. keke driver

    August 2, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    She stayed to “save Her marriage”??? OMG…..Why do people do this to themselves?

  10. Princess P

    August 2, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    And I won’t be shocked the infertility problem is from the man
    How can you have the mind to even use machete on your wife for Christs sake

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      August 2, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      … but na im dem talk so, na – “the doctors had said he was the one with issues, which could be corrected”.

      There was even some hope of a remedy but it seems that wasn’t enough for the dirty animal. He had to maim someone so that her life could become less worthy than his. Even in 2016, much of Africa continues to dwell in deep darkness.

  11. lady

    August 2, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    And to top it all, he was the reason for no baby. If the issue is with the man, why did he do that to her?

  12. nwa nna

    August 2, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    In my opinion, an eye for an eye, a limb for a limb, so that the bastard can feel what his victim is feeling! This makes absolutely no sense.. She can’t conceive, then divorce her and let the woman be and you imbecile go find you someone else rather than decapitate her.

  13. Lol

    August 2, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    It’s probably he’s fault that he can’t get pregnant

  14. Ada Nnewi

    August 2, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    See his evil looking face. The saddest thing is another woman will still chook her head inside this mess and date and marry this man after a while…

  15. True Talk

    August 2, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Natu- you are correct o .See a man in Abakaliki is suspected to be the one that sent gun men to gang rape the wife. No matter the problem let each one go his way instead of this brutality and nwa nna said it all Hamurabi’s law is the best in this case- eye for eye, limb for limb.

  16. Lmao

    August 2, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Lmao but African men on Twitter swear that cooking and submission to them are the key to happiness. Yet they stay being monsters when they want to be, just because they can.
    The woman will stay, and her pastor will tell her to forgive and “keep the home”
    Tomorrow again they’ll come and bash feminists on this blog lmao

    • Idomagirl

      August 3, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Don’t mind them!
      “Submit and cook and all will be well”. Rubbish.
      They spend more time telling women what to do than acting right and being responsible.
      What nonsense.

  17. nunulicious

    August 3, 2016 at 12:01 am

    somebody tell me she has brothers that can retaliate and and do the same to him also? this is unpardonable.

  18. Idomagirl

    August 3, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    I hope he dies a slow painful death. Beast.

  19. Anonymous

    August 8, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Heys guys, the whole story is a sham….the husband did not do it. The guy was arrested as he went to see her in hospital. The lady had chased him away from a land they were given by her parents after a church wedding. This lady was a whore and probably was chopped by a lover….a love triangle probably. The husband is innocent!

    • Roy Thomas

      February 14, 2017 at 2:49 am

      Deal with the facts presented instead of making up deadly junk stories about the lady you do not know. Infertility affects men and women. Chopping off someone’s hands is a permanent devilish abominable act. Viruses and bacteria damage genital tubes. Congenital abnormalites affect men and women alike. This man is a picture of the uncircumcised, deceitful and desperate wickedness of the human heart. Jeremiah 17:9. Only God in Christ can illuminate the darkness of his mind.

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