The mother of Ivy Wangechi, the Moi University medical student who was killed by a man has spoken on the last moments she shared with her slain daughter.
Speaking to BBC about putting an end to femicides in Kenya, Ms Winfred Waithera said the day her daughter was murdered was the darkest day of her life.
“It was the worst day of my life, I hope I never experience such a day again. I was just devastated, helpless. You know I just thought it’s over.. it’s over.. you know I cannot face tomorrow,” she said.
In the sad and painful interview, Ms Waithera also shared the last message Ivy shared with her.
“So the last message that Ivy wrote on International Women’s Day this year was: ‘Happy Women’s Day to you too(one of the strongest women I know) God bless you more each day.'”
Ms Waithera, a teacher by profession has come out to raise awareness on the increase in femicide in Kenya calling for an end on killing of women.
“…So that I can tell the world that these mothers are in agony, these mothers are troubled, but these mothers can also become a voice, and we can say no to senseless killing of such young girls,” she said.
She went on: ” I would like to tell young men to exercise a lot of restraint and to be patient and to know that we are living in a world where a woman has a right to say no to a relationship and not only a girl, even a married woman can say, now where we have reached, the relationship is over.”
“I wish her death will play a part in bringing to an end the senseless killing of young girls, I wish it could be just a sacrifice, so that no other girls dies.”
Femicide in Kenya is at an alarming level.
Data shows that between 1st January 2019 to 23rd April 2019 a total of 44 women have been murdered according to data from Counting Dead Women Kenya.
According to their count, this is the chronology of the women killed in Kenya
1. An unnamed woman’s body was found decomposing in Naivasha on Good Friday 2019. Her husband who is on the run is said to have hit her with a blunt object at the back of her heading, leading to her death.
2. Another woman, Amina Bakari, a volunteer with Red Cross was attacked with a panga as she closed her shop last Monday
3. Deputy OCS Likoni Police Station shot and killed Peninah Kaimenyi, a 25 year old woman at Lovely Bar in Mtongwe Mombasa County.
4. A woman named Mary Wambui, a mother of two children was stabbed to death by her estranged husband.
5. A 70 year old woman and her son were attacked and killed while ploughing their farm in Makueni County.
6. A Class Eight girl, Shyleen Mokeira was found in a thicket near her house, murdered with her body having injuries on the head and blood oozing from her nose. The neighbour’s son is the suspected perpetrator.
7. In Kakamega County, Daphine Maloba died after being stabbed on head with a knife as well as deep cuts on the thighs and her back. According to her brother, her hands were tied with a wire and a hammer placed on her private parts.
8. Again in Kakamega County, Khanali Mwonobe was stabbed on the neck and killed. Her husband is the suspect.
9. Nakuru Women’s Prison warder, Carol Chepchirchir’s body was found in the bushes after missing for a week.
10. A sixth-year Moi University medical student Ivy Wangechi was attacked and killed outside Moi Teaching and Referral hospital by an apparent stalker.