Mombasa man beats wife, throws her and three children out

Nominated MCA Fatma Kushe (seated) with Lucy Atieno while addressing journalists. Kushe said Gender Based Violence has been increasing in Mombasa due to stress brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. She called on humanitarian organizations to assist women from poor backgrounds going through GBV./COURTESY

A man in Nyali, Mombasa allegedly beat up his wife before throwing her and their three children, including a three-month old infant out of their home.

30-year-old Lucy Auma was rescued by Fatma Kushe, a nominated MCA in the county, after spending five days in the cold with her children.

“I saw her outside the gate for two consecutive days. On the third day, I approached her and asked her what her problem was and she told me her horror story,” said Kushe, who took her in.

Lucy claimed she had endured an abusive marriage with her husband Boniface Onyango, a chang’aa distiller and drinker, for the past 12 years but could not take it anymore.

She said what drove her out of her home, in Kidogo Basi slums in Nyali, was when her violent husband beat her until she lost a tooth and even tried to strangle her and her three-month old daughter.

“I am the one who has been fending for food, medication and rent while doing menial jobs. My husband just drinks all his money with other women around bars. He does not provide for us,” said Auma.

When the nominated MCA, Fatma Kushe took Lucy in, she catered for her medical bills where she was treated at Coast general hospital and given a P3 medical examination report and later proceeded to report the assault case at Nyali police station but the culprit was yet to be arrested.

Kushe, is now calling on well wishers and humanitarian organizations to come to the rescue of the mother of three in terms of shelter, food and financial assistance.

Kushe, who was addressing journalists at her home in Nyali, said there is increasing evidence that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is fueling widespread violations of women’s rights, including elevated risks of domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV).