BY NANCY AGUTU
October 23, 2015
The parents of a woman who was allegedly battered by a UN staffer want Sh40million compensation to forgive him.
Ruth Gakii’s father, identified only as Samuel, said he had received a message from Alphonse Kambu pleading forgiveness.
“I rejected the apology because he was trying to kill my daughter. And he did not call he just texted me. We are demanding him to compensate our daughter first,” Samuel told the Star on phone on Friday.
In a text message seen by the Star, Kambu, 47, said he “was drunk and it was not an intentional act”.
“I am deeply sorry baba for what I did to Ruth. I didn’t mean to hurt her but I hope we can all find a way out of this situation. I am very sorry again and I hope you will find it in your heart to forgive me. Thank You,” the message reads.
Kambu, a computer programmer with UNEP, also sent Gakii a text message on Friday, asking her to ‘move to a public hospital as he only has Sh4,000 and could not afford to pay for her treatment at a private hospital’.
This comes after lawyer Cliff Ombeta said they relocated Gakii to another hospital as she was “uncomfortable” being at Nairobi Women’s hospital.
“Gakii did not want some people to visit her including Kambu, so she asked that she be taken to another hospital where she will receive her medication,” he said.
“We’ve moved her to a secure location, few know her whereabouts. As per now she is feeling better”.
Ombeta, who spoke to the Star on phone, said Kambu tried to reach out to Gakii, 26, seeking to have the matter settled out of court.
“He came the hospital on Thursday with crocodile tears and tried to ask for forgiveness from Ruth. But he was shoved back,” Ombeta said.
Kasarani DCIO Valerian Obore told The Star on Friday they are working with UN investigators to come up with a report.
“The investigators came to our offices on Thursday to check the report filed by Gakii in the station. Once we get a report from them and we find him culpable he will be summoned,” he said.
On Thursday, DPP Keriako Tobiko asked the DCI to “thoroughly” investigate the battery allegation.
While acknowledging Kambu, who hails from Papua New Guinea was their employee, the UN said the agencyâ€™s workers have no immunity for criminal acts.
They said Kambu “voluntarily met with the police to help with investigations”, after allegations he assaulted Gakii, who was his ex-lover, as their three-year-old son looked on.