After her husband took to social media on September 3 to announce their separation and to stop her from conducting transactions in his name, the estranged wife of German national Pleschke Heinz-Georg has finally spoken out.
Speaking exclusively to Citizen Digital, Eva Karwitha narrated a tale of abuse, cruelty and financial control that has resulted in her going into hiding fearing for her life.
The 26-year-old revealed that her relationship with Georg started back in 2007 when she was 18 and was living in Ukunda.
“My friends had offered to take me out to a club – I had never been in a club before. That evening Georg approached me and asked if I could go home with him that night,” she told Citizen Digital.
“I was very scared, but my friends encouraged me and I went with him.”
Eva added the next day Georg asked if she could move in with him, which she agreed to and that was the beginning of their romance.
Heinz would leave Kenya after two weeks but promised to be back after three months.
She said: “When he came back, I took him to see my parents in Meru before he left for Germany again.”
Eva said they spoke frequently but after one year, Georg cut off all communication with her.
“I did not know what had happened to him – whether he was alive or dead. So moved on with my life and started afresh without him.”
“One year later I received a text from him asking me to pick him up at the airport in two days time – I did not believe that, but because he had given me details of his arrival I went to the airport, and there he was,” she said.
The two lovers reconciled and started over after Georg apologised but the same behavior was to recur three weeks later when her husband left for Germany but this time the silence lasted nine months.
According to Karwitha, Heinz would go on lengthy silences without showing any concern for her.
“He did this because he knew I was poor and could not do anything,” she said.
Due to the lengthy silence, Karwitha decided that she would not continue to live with Heinz unless he married her since her trust had waned.
In February 2011, Heinz allegedly made a surprise visit to the country bearing gifts, among them a wedding gown, and declared that since he was in the country for two weeks the couple should marry before the period lapses.
Eva admits she was hesitant due to the short notice but since Heinz was her boyfriend she agreed to the arrangements and married him.
The marital bliss did not last long as she says she discovered that her new husband had lied to her.
Her husband had mentioned that he was a divorced father of two but never that he had married another Kenyan girl.
“In the morning of our wedding, I saw some of the documents he needed at the marriage registry had a female Luo name,” said Eva.
When asked, Heinz allegedly said he did not consider it a marriage due to its short duration, further promising to relocate Karwitha before changing his mind and deciding to retire in Kenya.
“In 2013 he came and told me he had retired and that he was ready to live with me,” she said.
What should have marked the beginning of their happily ever after marked the genesis of her problems as Eva says her husband started ‘behaving weird’.
The first time her husband allegedly beat her was after he saw her sending money to her mother and got furious, saying he did not marry the whole tribe.
She reported the incident to Diani Police Station but says no action was taken.
Mysterious Still Birth
In June 2013, Eva discovered she was pregnant and informed her husband who promised to jet into the country in October of that year.
She went into labour in January 2014 and delivered a baby boy via cesarean section.
“When I woke up, my husband was seated next to my bed, but I could not see the baby.”
Her voice shook as she narrated how her husband informed her and the doctor confirmed that she had a stillbirth,
“I asked him where the newborn was, and he told me the baby had passed away.”
The new mother grew suspicious after her husband and the hospital allegedly declined to show her the baby, instead insisting that they would show her the next day.
Karwitha narrated that the body she was shown could not possibly be that of her baby as it was older than a few hours – hospital report obtained has the baby’s weight at 3Kgs.
Georg sending an official hospital report, which confirmed the baby’s resuscitation as unsuccessful to this writer, has denied claims of illegally disposing off the infant’s body. He also said he wasn’t responsible for Eva’s pregnancy.
“I was not the father, because I left her end of April 2013 and had no contact with her until I left Kenya in June 2013. If I counted back, the pregnancy was conceived in May 2013. In August 2013 she informed me that she got pregnant by me and expected to give birth mid December 2013. Look at when she delivered!”
As fate would have it, their marriage could not survive the incident and the couple split in February 2014.
In an effort to save her marriage, Eva met with Heinz severally and was allegedly badly assaulted a few times.
One time, she intimated to this reporter that she was beaten to a pulp for questioning why her husband was entertaining another woman in a hotel room.
She added that when she reported to the police, she was instead arrested and detained for it yet no action was taken on Heinz.
Georg later left for Europe and stayed there for six months.
When he returned, the couple briefly reconciled, with Georg asking Eva to sell her household property and move into an apartment with him.
Stolen car, money
Her husband then promised to upgrade her car so he withdrew Sh1 million over a period of ten days for that purpose and gave it to her.
The peace in her marriage was, however, not going to last as a misunderstanding in their home led to a bitter quarrel and fight.
“He beat me up and told me he can kill me and take his suit cases to the airport and nobody – not my family, not my government would trace him.”
Eva narrated that she used her date as an opportunity to get back to the house, take the Sh1 million, her car and escape.
She revealed that she later communicated with Georg: “I reached him on Facebook. He pleaded with me to get back with him, but I told him I am not ready to be enslaved. We can only go to court and get a divorce.”
Eva refuted claims that she stole her estranged husband’s Sh1 million and a car, saying she only took property, which was rightfully hers and ran away.
About the salon Georg claimed he’d opened for her, Eva says it is he who asked her to close it down.
“In 2013 when he had just retired, he gave me capital to start a business since I was tired of doing nothing at home.”
“It was working very well. He however started complaining that I wasn’t giving him enough time, and that I had to choose between him and the job. I chose him.”
When Citizen Digital reached out to Georg to respond to claims of having assaulted Eva, he said: “I never mistreated her in any way. Everybody is invited to follow her comments on my Facebook wall and see how I admired her nearly daily as my African queen and together with her daughter as my angels without wings.”
Georg still maintains his wife’s unfaithfulness and extravagance was her undoing.
Eva is currently in hiding, fearing for her life.
“I am not even in Mombasa as he claims. I cannot reveal where I am because that man is not a good man.”