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“I stand by my testimony that he raped Mwende”- Julius Wambua’s ex-wife finally speaks

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Jackline Nzilani, the estranged wife of Julius Wambua, the man who was recently released from Kamiti Maximum Prison after nine years for allegedly raping her daughter, has spoken for the first time.

Nzilani, who has since remarried and bore five other children, stands by her side of the story and has no apologies to make.  “I have no regrets over what happened to Wambua. I am ready to face the court again and testify against him and I swear I never coached our daughter to lie,” she told the Daily Nation in an interview. “I am not afraid of anything.”

Wambua was set free a week ago after her daughter Dorcas Mwende confessed that she had been coached by her mother to lie over the rape issue. It was Mwende’s testimony that had thrown her father in the slammer.  

“I never visited him in jail and I am not ready to mend things between us. I have moved on with my life.”

Jackline Nzilani, Julius Wambua’s ex-wife

Mwende had made the confession in a Citizen TV interview with Lulu Hassan. Citing this confession, Justice George Odunga of Machakos Law Courts released Wambua on a Ksh30,000 cash bail saying, “The case should begin afresh and all sentences by the Kithimani Court and High Court be quashed.”

While the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is yet to make a move on whether to charge Wambua again or not, Nzilani’s stances will potentially through the case in an uncertain direction.

Julius Wambua and her daughter Dorcas Mwende. It was her testimony that contributed to her convicted for rape nine years ago. “I am ready to face the court again and testify against him and I swear I never coached our daughter to lie,” says Nzilani, Wambua’s ex-wife. PHOTO/FILE

She denies allegations that she coached Mwende, asserting that her claims of rape as presented to court were based on a medical examination. “I did not coach Mwende to frame her father. We banked entirely on a medical report done by a medic in a private hospital in Nairobi.”

The diminutive, stocky woman is apparently unperturbed by the media buzz surrounding the case. She claims that throughout her 16-year marriage to Wambua, the man was physically and emotionally abusive. Nzilani alleges that Wambua was also possessive, a liar. He would not allow her to interact with neighbours, or attend church without his permission.

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Machete To Kill Me

“I put up with all the abuse but what broke our marriage was the day he repeatedly threatened to kill me using a machete. That was the end, I left, never to look back.”

On his part, Wambua claimed that Nzilani demanded that he sells the family land and split the money. “I sold the land, gave her half the money and she left me.”

Nzilani, who works as a house help says, “We started off with nothing after he was chased from his uncle’s home. We would sleep in the neighbours’ houses as we had nowhere to go to.”

The couple had met in 1992. It was love at first sight. They bore two daughters Mwende and Mwikali. Nzilani says the only regrets she harbours is the souring of relationships between her and her daughters over the incident.

“I have no apologies to make or forgiveness to ask for as I stand by my testimony that he raped Mwende. I never visited him in jail and I am not ready to mend things between us. I have moved on with my life.”

Last week, former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile donated two acres of land to Wambua as he struggles to pick his pieces. “We will try and build him a home so that he can start his life afresh because eight years in jail is no joke,” said Kalembe, adding that he would employ Mwende.

Former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile (extreme left), presents the motorcycle to Wambua and Mwende. The motorcyle was donated by a UK-based businessman. PHOTO/FILE

Wambua also received a motorcycle donated by Thomas Musau, a UK-based businessman who is the secretary-general of WIPER party- UK chapter.  

Last Monday, Felista Njeru, appearing for the DPP in Kithimani Law Courts said the DPP is going through the proceedings of the petition “plus the judgement in its entirety and thereafter make a decision whether to order a retrial or not as directed by the judge.”

It will be interesting to see the direction the case will now take given Nzilani’s stand and the said medical examination report that proved rape. The case will be mentioned on January 25, 2021.

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