A US-based Kenyan woman whose daughter recently admitted to deliberately infecting men with HIV has given her side of the story.
36-year-old Jackline Njoki Mwangi, alias Kiki wa Ng’endo made the confession during an interview with Tuko News this month, partly blaming her mother who she claimed moved to the US leaving her behind.
Njoki said she contracted HIV after having sex with a man who did not disclose his status to her and out of bitterness, she embarked on a revenge mission to infect other men who opt to sleep with her without using condoms.
“At the end of the day, I cannot be your keeper. You know you do not know me, I am not related to you yet you want to have sex with me, why don’t you wear a condom? or take a test with me if am comfortable and if I am not, ask me to wear a condom,” she said.
She was infected with HIV when she was 18 years old as she tried to make money for herself and her nephew’s upkeep.
Njoki explained that she had no one to take care of her needs after her mother moved abroad for work, leaving her under the care of her aunt, who would bag all the money her mum sent.
She added that she contemplated suicide after her mother disowned her upon learning her behaviors.
“It was heartbreaking, I stayed without taking medication but was just pushing on with life. At some point, I went upcountry and came back to Nairobi and that was when I attempted suicide,” said Njoki.
But speaking to Kenya Diaspora Media, Njoki’s mother Lucy Ng’endo accused her daughter of telling lies during her interview with Tuko.
Ng’endo said she brought up Njoki like any other parent but she developed bad behaviors in her early teenage years.
"I took her to three schools and she was leaving after a term," Ng’endo said.
She added that Njoki attempted to commit suicide at around that time and despite undergoing counseling, she dropped out of school.
"It reached a time that I traveled and she started getting herself into bad practices. I actually think it started a long time, it is just that I had not known," added Ng’endo. "I have passed through so much pain because of this child."
The mother further noted that their current disagreement was due to her refusal to send money to her daughter, adding that she has constantly insulted her using unspeakable words but she still loves her.
"Every time when she calls me, she is always demanding for money. I found out she was just using me. I have sent her money many times and she uses it for her personal luxuries," she said.
"I cannot fail to love her despite all this. We have never abandoned her because she is sick. I love her and if she wants medical help I will help her," added Ng’endo.