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My mom testified against me in court – Boniface Mwangi

A mother's got to do what she's got to do.

Taking a trip down memory lane, Boniface revealed how troublesome he was as a child which would normally result to him getting a beating from his mother as punishment.

“Growing up, my mother used to beat me whenever I did something wrong – like say stealing money to buy sweets,” he said.

Corporal punishment was however just the tip of the ice berg of punishments as years later Mwangi’s mother had to take drastic measures to ensure that he was on the right path.


“The same mother would testify against me in a children’s court – where I had been taken to after being arrested in the streets.”

A young Boniface Mwangi had dropped out of school and was living in the streets much to the dismay of his mother.

Upon release, Mwangi was transferred to an approved school.

Mwangi still got into a lot of mischief and was still punished for it.

“When I got initiated, I tried to chew miraa to show I was now a man. I did it only once and my mother beat me when she found out.”


There was a light at the end of the tunnel however as he revealed that with every punishment he received came a lesson to be learnt.

“That tough love saved my life. I was afraid my mother would beat and humiliate me in front of my friends and so I toed the line.”

“Looking back, I realize my mother punished me out of love and with that she saved my life.”

Mwangi narrated his story in an article he wrote on the Standard urging President Kenyatta to prominent people that are misusing their power in office in particular those that steal public money.


“He has to be ruthless with thieves,” he said.

“My mother had me locked up with other young offenders, who had raped and killed, though my only crime was running away from home. President Uhuru needs to show that, no matter how close someone is to him or his ruling party, they should be investigated, prosecuted and jailed if found guilty of corruption.”


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