Why Apple Girl’s family defied customs and buried her away from her husband’s home

Twenty four-year-old Lucy Njambi, who died after an alleged rape and acid attack on January 24, was laid to rest at her grandmother’s farm in Karembu Village in Gatundu South, Kiambu County on Friday, February 2.

Njambi, who according to Kikuyu customs should have been buried at her husband’s place, was laid to rest miles away because her partner, Samuel Ndungu Njoroge, is a prime suspect in her killing.

Njambi’s family was uncomfortable with her being buried at Njoroge’s home.

Her burial was attended by hundreds, including relatives, well-wishers, neighbours and area politicians.

Her family eulogized the late Njambi as a “good-hearted and cheerful young lady”.

“We pray that justice be served and the reason for the sad incident be revealed,” said Njambi’s cousins in a joint statement.

Gatundu South legislator Moses Kuria contributed Ksh100, 000 to help Njambi’s family. The MP also pledged to take care of Njambi’s 4-year-old son, including his education and upbringing.

Kiambu County Woman Representative Gathoni wa Muchomba contributed Ksh10, 000 to Njambi’s family, and vowed to ensure that the deceased’s family receives justice for the death of their daughter.

Area MCA, Robert Githongo, who spoke at the ceremony, urged young couples to exercise restraint and understanding when faced with conflicts in relationships.

“Young couples, always give God room to intervene in times of conflict. Do not take away the lives of your partners,” he said.

Njambi, whose nickname was Apple Girl, died on January 25 at the Kenyatta National Hospital, where she had been admitted after sustaining 60 per cent burns following an acid attack.

A postmortem conducted on Njambi’s body on Tuesday, January 30 revealed that she was forced to swallow acid that her attackers later doused her with.

The chemical was found in her body, according to Dr. Bernard Midia, the forensic pathologist who conducted the autopsy at Kenyatta National Hospital.

On Monday, January 29, a Kiambu court allowed police to hold Samuel Ndungu Njoroge alias Juakali , who is Riruta Ward former representative, for 10 days as investigations into the death of Lucy Njambi continue.

During the court session, detectives pleaded for time to conclude investigations into the killing of Njambi.

Police also requested the court to issue an order allowing them access to Njoroge’s mobile phone to collect data, which they said might be critical in the investigation. Njoroge’s lawyer, Robert Mutitu, applied to have his client released on bond, saying he was innocent until proven guilty.

Mutitu told the court that his client was not a flight risk since he had already deposited his passport with the court, adding he was suffering while in custody as he was asthmatic and needed immediate medical attention.

Njoroge was arrested last Thursday, on the day Njambi died.

Njambi was reported to have been raped and later doused with acid by a gang of three who had picked her up from her home in Thindigua estate in Kiambu town.

A Good Samaritan took her to Kiambu Level Four Hospital, where she narrated her ordeal to police officers.

She said her husband and three others had assaulted her, raped her and doused her body with an unknown substance.

Njambi had been living in a rented apartment with her four-year-old son for a month after moving out of her husband’s house in Lavington following a family dispute.

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