2019 has been a very brutal year for the girl child and if the murder of Emmah Wanyota is anything to go by, we are in for a very hard future.
Chopped legs, raped, her private parts mutilated, disfigured arm and a torn abdomen: that is how the body of the 21-year-old Emmah Wanyota can be described. Her killing would patently pass for an extremely disturbing horror movie.
The student at Vera Beauty College in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, was on Monday, September 30 killed by her spurned lover, identified only as Mustafa.
The only “mistake” that Ms Wanyota committed, was that she rejected Mustafa’s marriage proposal.
It all began a few minutes to 6pm Monday, when Mustafa arrived at Wanyota’s parents’ house at Meja Village in Moi’s Bridge. Wanyota was alone, when Mustafa stormed the house with a blunt object and struck her so hard in the head. At the time of the attack, the two had already separated as girlfriend and boyfriend.
People close to the couple said the ex-lovebirds’ unremitting relationship had soured to the point they couldn’t see eye to eye. After smashing a blunt object against the helpless Wanyota’s skull, Mustafa allegedly raped her before chopping off her two legs and one of her arms. He allegedly also cut off the girl’s genitals.
He, thereafter, took off and dumped Wanyota’s torso, legs and arm in a Napier grass plantation located a few meters from Wanyota’s parents’ home. All this happened between 6pm and 7:30pm.
The murder of Emmah Wanyota adds to the growing list of women who have fallen at the hands of the men that allegedly loved them.
On 8th March 2019, hundreds of Kenyan women and activists took to the streets of Nairobi and Mombasa to mark the International Women’s Day. The women were marching against gender-based violence and the lack of punishment for its perpetrators. The demonstrators, many wearing white T-shirts and purple and red ribbons, called on the government to develop an action plan to prevent violence against women.
Two months later and in May 2019, women leaders under the umbrella Embrace Women Group assembled at the University of Nairobi grounds to send a strong message on femicide. Violence against young women and girls sparked national debate prompting women leaders and activists to speak and stand up for young women.
Colouring the university grounds with white and pink attire, the female attendants decried the runaway killings of women, and other forms of violence perpetrated against the female sex over the last year.
The latest case of Emma Wanyota is proof that women are still unsafe in the hands of men whom they fall in love with.