Friday, 03 June 2011
BY ISAAC ONGIRI
The wife of the recalled Nigerian ambassador Chijioke Wigwe was badly injured in a violent domestic row, MPs heard yesterday. Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Richard Onyonka told Parliament that police confirmed injuries inflicted on Tess Iyi Wigwe were real and verified by a police doctor.
Onyonka confirmed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed Nigerian authorities on the issue. “We wrote to the government of Nigeria in May 27 after we confirmed that the wife of the Nigerian envoy had suffered injuries which were quite severe,” Onyonka said. Onyonka’s statement was meant to dispel doubts that she inflicted wounds on her face to frame her husband. Onyonka said that Tess sent a letter to the ministry notifying them of the injuries.
“After we received information regarding this incident we asked the Nigerian Government to act,” Onyonka said. Onyonka further confirmed that Dr Wigwe had already arrived in Lagos following his recall and that Kenya expected the Nigerian government to institute charges against him.
The minister was presenting a ministerial statement demanded by nominated MP Rachel Shebesh who wanted to know the diplomatic status of envoys who commit crimes in the host country and what the government was doing about the assault of Tess. Shebesh urged for more action on the matter should a court case being pursued by Tess prove she was actually assaulted.
Nominated MP Millie Odhiambo thanked the government for admitting that Tess was indeed assaulted and acting appropriately. “It is good that the government has admitted domestic violence is here and acted appropriately,” Milly said. Gwasi MP John Mbadi asked the government to let Nigeria to resolve the matter as it had nothing to do with Kenyans.