Widow assaulted by chief seeks justice
A widow allegedly assaulted by a chief in Kitui county over burial welfare money is appealing to security agents to help get justice.
55- year-old Rose Matuku says she suffered severe head injuries caused by a blow meted by Changamwe Chief Isaac Mutuku after they differed over burial welfare fund for her step daughter Syomiti Kameta a boda boda operator in Mombasa.
Rose who has turned to Kitui Community Justice Centre to seek justice blamed Police in Mbitini loaction where she reported the incident for trying to cover the administrator who assaulted her before Ngiluni location chief and two administration police officers.
She told the People Daily that after she burial her kin on December 23,
2017 in Ngiluni village , burial committee members handed her shs 40,000 that was left after the burial expenses as the guardian of the deceased.
She added that on December 25, she was confronted by both the Changamwe chief, the local chief, two administration police officers and a young brother of the deceased demanding that she should surrender the money to the deceased brother.
An exchange of words then ensued after which the Mombasa chief went for a her throat hitting her in the left eye sending to the ground.
She said after the incident, the police officers and the assailant took off leaving her groaning in pain on the ground at the mercy of the local chief.
She later reported the matter to Mbitini Police post where she obtained a police abstract and referred to Kitui county referral hospital where she is receiving treatment.
” Anytime I inquire from Mbitini Police how far they have gone with my case am told the chief is back in Mombasa and are yet to arrest him”, said disgruntled woman adding that she has turned to paralegal agents hopefully to get justice.
Kitui Community Justice Centre Coordinator Isaac Mutinda said cases of women being assaulted by people known to them mostly on land related issues are on the rise hence need to stem the vice.
” Everyday we are recording an average of five cases of women assault especially widows by relatives over property inheritance issues and if not checked the vice may end to fatal incidences”, noted Mutinda.