A Kenyan woman returns back home after 365 days ordeal in a Saudi Arabia prison. The woman by the name Levina Mapenzi Ngolo, 27 was joined for allegations engaging in illicit sex, returned home from Riyadh on Thursday night aboard an Ethiopian airliner.
In her arms was a two-year-old boy, she says she conceived as a result of rape. Mapenzi, who worked as a house help, she said she was raped by an Indian migrant(driver). They were employed by the same person and stayed in the same flat, she said the man threated her with a knife before raping her.
Notwithstanding, Mapenzi was charged under Saudi Arabia’s law, with engaging in sex outside marriage and jailed.
Her attacker is still serving his three -years jail term, outside of marriage. Mapenzi narrated to a KTN journalist on how her legs were chained all the time. She was in prison. She gave birth to her son in prison after a seven-month court battle. She says this as a Kenyan woman who has seen the ordeal, alerting others who might want to go or are in Saudi Arabia to know.
She said, sobbing, how she was handed back her passport at the airport, shortly before boarding the plane back to Kenyan. Mapenzi, who spoke to her parents’ home in Frere Town in Mombasa yesterday, claimed her plane back to Kenya.
“The driver took advantage of the absence of our employer to attack me. Our employer had gone to visit her children. He accosted me as I came out of the house.” Mapenzi said.
While in prison, Mapenzi Ngolo said, inmates were often beaten but she was spared because of her pregnancy. KTN recently carried a story in which Ms. Mapenzi’s family expressed fears that she could be stoned to death over claims of engaging in illicit sex. The family was also concerned that they had been given enough information about the condition in Saudi Arabia.
Ngolo’s sister, Esther Kaidza, said Kenyan woman called in September 2016 to inform he that her sibling had been arrested.
“A woman who was speaking Arabic was the first one to call me, but we were unable to communicate because of the language barrier.Later, the Kenyan called me she said Lavina was in custody for sleeping with a driver and becoming pregnant, contrary to the laws of that land.” Said Kaidza.
Mapenzi said she could not report the incident immediately for fear of the consequences by her employer. But after some time, she started feeling sick. That is when her employer took her to hospital.She tested positive for pregnancy.
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“It was my employer’s son who expressed suspicion that I could be pregnant. After the truth came out, his mother suggested that I be quietly returned to Kenya. However, her son took me to a police station, where I was immediately arrested,” said Mapenzi Ngolo
Her attacker was beaten up and taken to the police station .they were both charged with engaging in illicit sex.
Mapenzi Ngolo was sentenced to one year in jail because she did not consent to sex while the driver was jailed for three years.
Ngolo aid she was not allowed to attend clinic until she gave birth.
Ngolo Baya, 75, her father was happy to welcome his daughter and her baby back home. “The entire family was shocked when we learned of her arrest in a foreign country,” said Baya.