The Chairlady of the Voice of Women, Pastor Beatrice Kamau, has defended a Kenyan woman working at the Kenyan Embassy against allegations that she is a “Husband grabber”. Speaking to KSB, Pastor Beatrice said that the blogger who portrayed the woman as “promiscuous” without evidence must have had a dirty agenda to sort out with the her.
“It was wrong and irresponsible for the blogger to have engaged in an attack at such a low level”, the Pastor told KSB. Beatrice said that it is important that Kenyan bloggers understand the consequences of what they publish about Kenyans in Sweden especially if they cannot back up their reports with strong evidence.
This woman was recently widowed and what she needs is compassion, not unsubstantiated attacks”, she said. “All Kenyans of good will should stand up and defend this woman against unwarranted attacks”, she said.
She pointed out that following the death of her husband, the woman was free to engage another man and wondered why the blogger was exposing the woman to public disrepute and infringing on her private life without reasons.
“The blogger had claimed that the woman has been snatching other people’s husbands and what he could have done to give a balanced report is that he could have given the names of husbands who had been grabbed by the woman”, she told KSB.
“The blogger also claimed that three women had ganged up to fight the woman because she wanted to grab their men. My question is: Where have all these women been when the Embassy woman was planning to grab their husbands?”, she posed.
She said that the story is dirty propaganda because it is not logical that a bereaved woman with children could suddenly try and grab three husbands of other women out of the blue.
“The woman is a Christian whose religious belief for those who know her is beyond question. To link her with promiscuity, adultery and other sex scandals is painful, irresponsible and malicious”, she said.
“The woman works at the Kenyan Embassy but there is no reason why someone should mix her work, her religion and her private life to produce a negative picture of her in public without evidence”, she said, adding that the label of “Jezabel” that the blogger gave the woman was a direct psychological attack on the woman, her children and her entire family.
She said that there is a difference between political and personal disagreements. “If the blogger has problems with the Kenyan Embassy or the Kenyan Ambassador (Purity Muhindi), he should face the Institution, not hide behind personal attacks of Embassy employees who are simply doing their work”, she said.
There has been a string of criticisms of the blogger by Kenyans in Sweden who seem very sympathetic to the Embassy woman who is innocently looking for ways to deal with her bereavement.
Mr. Githuku wa Muirani, a Kenyan who is also a close friend of the woman called KSB to say that the attack was in bad taste. Muirani said that he did not understand why his name was being dragged into the story by the blogger. The blogger had claimed that it is Muirani who fixed a job for the woman at the Embassy by approaching big shots in Kenya.
“It is unfortunate that these kind of stories are being circulated at a time when our country is in political crisis and Kenyans in Stockholm are undergoing through a healing process following events in Kenya”, he said.
Mr. Julius Mwandembo, a former diplomat at the Kenyan Embassy who has since returned to Kenya sent an SMS to KSB attacking the blogger for cooking a story that there was a “Jezabel” at the Embassy. He said that it was harsh and uncalled for.