Former Ebru TV Kiswahili news presenter Doreen Gatwiri has gone into hiding after going public with details of how her husband, a serving Member of Parliament, has allegedly been assaulting her. She claims Mwingi MP Gideon Mulyungi locks her in their bedroom and batters her.

Ms Gatwiri says her life is in danger and accuses Dr Mulyungi of beating her up at their Karen Home last evening after a domestic quarrel, severing her ear and injuring her head. She was treated at Avenue Hospital.

“Writing this with a lot of fear. My life is in danger,” she writes on Twitter. “This evening at about 9.50pm my husband Mwingi Central Member of Parliament Gideon Mulyungi assaulted me at our Karen Home and I sustained head injuries at the back of my ear resulting to my left ear going numb.”

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She says she reported the matter at Hardy Police Station in Karen and went into hiding in Kileleshwa. She says the MP has been threatening him with unspecified actions. “This assault is not the first or second time. I did it to protect my home and his anger condition,” says Doreen, who is also a lawyer.

Quick facts on Doreen

A motivational speaker, who gives talks to students in campus and high school, Doreen left Ebru TV in a low-key movement. She was crowned Miss Catholic University of Eastern Africa 2013. Doreen is said to philanthropic and speaks five Mijikenda languages plus fluent English and Swahili.

Doreen at her home.

Three months ago Mulyungi, a city architect-cum-politician, was arraigned in a Kitui court and charged with two counts of hate speech touching on the president. He faced a third count of issuing offensive remarks against former Kitui Senator David Musila. The MP was charged that on October 23 , while addressing a political rally at Kalundu market in Kitui town, he insulted President Uhuru when he uttered in Kamba language that president and other men from his community mistakenly think they have bigger male organs than Kambas.

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