Gender Commission wants Domestic Violence Act passed

By Marie Yambo

The National Gender and Equality Commission Chairperson Winfred Lichuma has urged the Attorney General Professor Githu Muigai to initiate and hasten the process of operationalization of Section 34 of the Protection against Domestic Violence Act, 2015.

The Act provides for protection, compensation or restitution of victims of crime on several grounds including sustaining personal injury from acts of domestic violence.

Lichuma noted that rules of procedure to operationalize compensation proceedings under the Act, have not been promulgated thus hampering justice to victims of domestic violence.

The commission has advised the AG’s office to consider amendments to the Act, to provide for a framework of establishment of shelters or safe houses for survivors or would-be victims of domestic violence.

She also noted that the law as is currently constituted fails to address effectively the establishment of shelters or safe houses to survivors of domestic violence including women and men.

The commission further urged the Inspector General of Police to ensure speedy and thorough investigations into all matters relating to domestic and gender based violence and bring the perpetrators to book.

Meanwhile, Jackline Mwende, the victim of domestic violence from Machakos County will receive prosthetic limbs at the PCEA Kikuyu Hospital today (Thursday).

Mwende’s hands were severed by her estranged husband who accused her of being childless. The surgery for the prosthetic limbs is sponsored by Merck, a German organization in Kenya advocating for women rights and Taita Taveta Woman Representative Joyce Lay who led fellow women leaders in paying Mwende a visit Wednesday at her family home in Machakos.

Mwende, a class eight drop out will also benefit from an education sponsorship courtesy of the Methodist University while the county government of Machakos and the German organization will pay her a monthly stipend of 30,000 and 25,000 shillings respectively.

Women leaders alongside the Federation of women lawyers have joined in calls to have Mwende’s estranged husband Stephen Ngila brought to justice for the heinous crime.

FIDA Chairperson Josephine Mung’are says the organization had assigned a lawyer to provide legal aid to Mwende.


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