The first pastor she went to for advice told her to stay and pray for her marriage.
A hospital in Nairobi told the couple that Ms Mwende was fertile and healthy but her husband had reproductive “issues”.
However, she believed in her marriage and had been advised by another pastor and some of her friends to stay and try to save it.
“It seemed there was hope for reconciliation but the man was not ready to mend the union. In fact, he even moved out and rented a room in Masii town.”
This was escalated to a church hearing because the issues seemed unresolved and the couple was urged to settle their differences and save their marriage.
“But we noticed the man was determined to leave.
So it was agreed that they live in peace in their separate homes and ask the courts to dissolve the marriage. Because, as a church, we don’t end marriages.”
“We were shocked how it turned out even after all the effort we put in. Anger is dangerous in a union and this is something we all should learn from.”
“He taught me how to make dresses and clothes. We fell in love during this time and we had a church wedding three months later,” she said. “But he gradually became violent and a drunk. He spent more time in Masii town and would come back late at night, drunk and violent. He also chewed miraa. When he attacked me on Sunday, he was drunk. But I stayed because I wanted to save the marriage and my home.”
“I pleaded with her to pack her things and leave their home in Ilinge village because of the constant quarrels, but she said he would change. Then this happened,” Ms Jane Munyoki, the mother, lamented. “I gave him my daughter, who was complete and well, and now she does not have hands. I hope the government does not release him. I am afraid that if he is let go, I will die of depression.”
The metal door had been locked — by the police, according to family members. We peeped inside, only to behold what looked like a scene from a slaughterhouse.
There was dried blood on the earthen floor where Ms Mwende had been found bleeding. There was more blood on household items inside the house, which has beautiful views of the expansive Masii town below.
“We found one of her arms on the door while the other dangled by the skin,” said a neighbour
He denied the charges and was sent to the Machakos GK remand until August 5. He was also denied bond until the same date when the court will rule on the issue.