Jackline Mwende ditches her artificial hands because they are ‘expensive to maintain’

Jackline Mwende, the 29-year-old woman from Machakos County whose domestic violence story caused uproar online and offline in 2016, has ditched her prosthetic limbs, which were acquired at a cost of Ksh10 million.

Jackline Mwende says the artificial hands are “expensive to maintain”.

“The limbs were to be flown to South Korea for maintenance recently; and that comes at a cost. I currently do not have the money they are asking for. So, I decided to ditch the arms because they are not of help to me,” said Ms Mwende in an interview with K24 on Sunday.

In August 2016, Electronics Company, LG, offered to buy Jackline Mwende the prosthetic limbs.

LG also committed to covering the woman’s surgery while Governor Alfred Mutua’s wife, Lilian Nganga, pledged to get Ms Mwende free medical care, including counseling.

Ms Mwende currently runs a mid-scale business at her home in Kathama Village, Machakos County, on top of getting Ksh25, 000 every month from a philanthropic non-governmental organisation. The NGO also built Ms Mwende a 3-bedroomed house.

In July 2016, Ms Mwende’s story grabbed media headlines, when her husband, Stephen Ngila, allegedly chopped off her hands after he suspected her of cheating and “failing to conceive”.

Mr Ngila was arrested and charged with attempted murder.

He remains remanded as the case is still in court.

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