Githunguri MP Gabriel Kago Mukuha ‘Wa Lydia’ and his wife, Emily Wanjiku Gitiha have come out to clear the air over assault allegations that have plagued their marriage.
In what some say was an attempt to save face, Mrs Kago, who was accompanied by her husband, addressed the media at their Kiambu home on Monday and denied that she was a victim of domestic violence.
According to Mrs Kago, the social media reports that claimed she had been beaten by her husband were “aimed at tarnishing her name and that of her family”.
“I want to register my disappointment about information that has been trending on social media touching on my personal and family life. The intention of those reports was only to tarnish my name and that of other family members,” she said.
She added: “I want to categorically state that I was not involved in any way in the circulating information which is misleading and has an intention of tarnishing my name and that of my family members.”
Mrs Kago further alleged that the reports were circulated by bloggers on the payroll of her husband’s political enemies, and who wanted to use the matter to advance their agenda.
“I want to tell those bloggers and politicians who are politicising the information to desist from doing so with immediate effect and to leave my family alone. They should leave my family affairs to myself, my children and to my husband.”
Mr Kago declined to speak to the press, saying he was not ready to discuss matters touching on his family in the media.
Mrs Kago had reported that at around midnight on September 26, they had an argument that escalated into a physical fight. She obtained a P3 form indicating that she sustained injuries on several parts including the neck, scalp, thighs, upper back and pain while swallowing.
Kiambu police boss Patrick Kiprop confirmed that they had received the assault claims at the station, adding that the lawmaker had also reported that he was assaulted by his wife.
Kiambu DCIO Paul Wambugu said both Mr Kago and his wife had reported being assaulted, with the MP’s report being made under OB. Number 45/27/09/18.
“This is a domestic issue but we are treating it as purely criminal since no one is supposed to assault any person. We will get to the bottom of the matter since both of them have injuries. We will then decide whether we will charge one or both of them,” he said.