The family of David Nzomo, the man caught on tape brutally beating his wife, has lifted the lid on his ugly past, describing him as a stubborn man, who “has a penchant for violence”.
The family lives at Kitonyini Village in Muvau Location, Kathonzweni Sub-County in Makueni County.
Nzomo’s mother, Teresia Daudi, claims her son’s hot-headedness recently saw him nearly beat up his family members before turning his anger on his wife, Winfred Mwende.
“He told us he was going to the river after threatening to harm his siblings,” said Teresia.
Teresia says her son has, on several past occasions, caused “discomfort” at home.
“We, however, did not forebode a situation where he would beat up his wife, leaving her for the dead,” said Teresia.
Nzomo accused Mwende of adultery.
After effecting scare on his family members, Nzomo proceeded to where Mwende was herding cattle in the scrubland, and pounced on her with kicks, slaps and punches as passersby watched. He accused her of secretly seeing her lover in the field.
According to a Makueni lady, who spoke in confidence, onlookers could not stop Nzomo from assaulting Mwende because “when a woman is being beaten up by her husband, culturally, nobody should intervene or interfere.”
Nzomo’s mother says: “I found her [Mwende] bleeding in the mouth and nose.”
Mwende says she remembers pleading with her husband to stop attacking her. He did not stop, she says.
“When I enquired why he was assaulting me, he said he wanted me dead, warning me against screaming for help,” said Mwende, who is currently admitted at the Makueni County Referral Hospital.
The mother-of-three says the next thing she remembers was finding herself booked into hospital by well-wishers.
According to Mwende, Nzomo last beat her up “seriously” in 2013.
“Our parents have always reconciled us every time we develop a disagreement. Since July this year, my husband has been threatening me of unspecified action every time I probe him on allegations of him cheating on me with a clandestine,” said Mwende.
According to Makueni County Referral Hospital medical superintendant, Dr Emmanuel Laiposha, Mwende sustained soft tissue injuries in the head, legs and eyes; and was brought to the facility while unconscious.
“She is in a stable condition now. We took her for diagnostic image tests to detect whether she suffered internal injuries. We are glad she did not,” said Dr Laiposha.
The medical officer says, of late, there has been an increase in the number of gender-based violence patients taken to Makueni County Referral Hospital for treatment.
Makueni Woman Representative, Rose Museo, who visited Mwende in hospital, condemned the suspect.
“It breaks my heart to see a man beat up his wife like he would a snake. It is wrong marrying a woman only to come and mistreat her,” said Museo.
The lawmaker wants police to arrest Nzomo and arraign him in court for assault.
“We know the government has structures in place, and law enforcers should have acted by now. Many cases of similar nature go unreported. Besides relevant authorities, I urge the church and preachers to intervene in restoring sanity in marriages,” said Museo.
Makueni County Commander Joseph Napeiyan says police are looking for Nzomo who remains at large.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has called on the police to investigate and prosecute Nzomo.
Nzomo and Mwende are parents to three children aged 10, 11 and 14.
(Writing by Brian Okoth)