Jackline Mwende, the Machakos woman whose hands were allegedly chopped off by her husband, has finally confessed the truth behind the horrific incident which hit headlines both nationally and internationally.
According to the previous narrative which touched the hearts of many Kenyans, Mwende was slashed with a machete by her husband, Stephen Ngila, for not being able to have children in their 7-year marriage.
However, on Tuesday she revealed to the Daily Nation that her infidelity was the main reason behind the brutal attack.
Making her confession almost 7 months later, Mwende mentioned that a day before her hands were chopped off she had been spotted in Machakos Town with another man.
"We had sought accommodation in Machakos town because I did not want to bring him to my matrimonial bed," she said.
Mwende noted that after the one-night-stand with her lover, Ngila, who had appointed his neighbours to spy on her, came back to their matrimonial house fuming with anger and armed with a machete, which he used in the assault.
"It was on the Saturday of July 23 and after spending time with the other man I went back home, where I lived alone because my husband had taken off three months earlier.
"It was after the attack that I found out that my husband had asked my neighbours to spy on me. They were the ones who told him of my trip to Machakos with the man on the Saturday I conceived," she added.
Mwende further noted that she had an agreement with her lover to only impregnate her then part ways.
"I wanted a child. I was desperate and it is that yearning ... and probably the devil too ... that made me stray out of my marriage. But I did it to save my marriage," she disclosed.
A remorseful Mwende highlighted that she regrets deceiving everyone stating: "It was wrong to do it and I know people will judge me harshly for it. But I am remorseful because I was desperate. Knowing that am alive today, and that I will be a mother soon, is the silver lining in the middle of all the heartache and gloom."
The revelations come after donors financed her three surgeries outside the country, gave financial assistance and a two-bedroomed house built for her among others.
Mwende is currently expectant and will be due by the end of February or early March.
Her husband Ngila was arrested and charged with attempted murder.
However, he denied the charges and was released on a Sh200,000 bond. The case will be heard on February 27.
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