The conversation about gender based violence has dominated Kenyan social media for several days now.
This is after news emerged of the brutal murder of one Velvine Nungari, who detectives say was most likely gang raped, by her lover among other, and left to die in a hotel room.
Shortly after, another lady, according to reports by her sister living abroad, was beaten to death by her husband, after enduring years of domestic violence.
The big question is, why have these incidents escalated, especially over the past decade or so?
Gender based violence has been in existence since time immemorial.
The only difference is that, today, we live in an information world, with the emergence of social media. Therefore, people are able to share news on such heinous occurrences widely, creating the illusion that there is an increase in these crimes.
Further, women are more empowered nowadays and are able to speak out thanks to government policies and non-government organizations’ interventions.
Despite this progress, more measures need to be put in place to tame rogue men, and women who have no regard for their partners’ lives.
People cannot be spending their days praying to avoid contracting coronavirus, being killed by robbers or dying in accidents, only to go home and lose their lives in the hands of their loved ones.
Here are the stories making headlines on Opera News today:
Murathe Delivers Bad News to DP Ruto, Reveals Why Plans to Kick Him Out Were Put on Hold
Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe has come out to reveal why the alleged plan to kick out Deputy President William Ruto was temporarily blocked.
This is after reports that President Uhuru Kenyatta had blocked a planned move by his allies to remove Ruto as the jubilee party leader.
Murathe however said the plan to kick out Ruto is still in the works adding that President Uhuru has put on hold the move to allow for mourning of the late Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli.
Vaccine scandal: Rogue staff selling Covid-19 jabs
Hundreds of people, many well-connected, have been given the coronavirus vaccination before it was their turn in what could be a new scandal.
Some rogue health facilities have been administering the Covid-19 vaccine to people not eligible for the phase one priority list.
Some of the beneficiaries have had to pay for the jab which the government is giving free of charge to frontline workers.
Raila Odinga says he called, texted Magufuli when rumors about his death began
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has disclosed that he tried to call and text the late Tanzanian president John Pombe Magufuli when rumours about his death started doing rounds on social media, but did not get any response.
Raila said that when Magufuli’s death was confirmed, he was in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, adding that he felt the “full weight of double tragedy and emotions” occasioned by the stateman’s death.
The Opposition leader further narrated how he first met Magufuli at an international conference on infrastructure in Durban, South Africa, in 2003.
Do you think Tanzania’s new president, Samia Suluhu, will approach the coronavirus situation in a more pro-active manner as compared to her predecessor?