Julius Wambua who recently had his life sentence invalidated after spending 10 years in jail for an offence he didn’t commit has opened up about his struggles settling down in the community.
Wambua, who was released on Thursday says he came back to nothing after spending 10 years behind bars.
It was a teary union for a man who was falsely accused of defiling his own daughter, but reality struck soon after when he realised he had no place to call home, adding that his family is scattered all over.
“Circumstances have forced me to start life afresh. I am a free man, but I lost everything when I went to jail. I have no land or home,” Wambua told a local publication.
Currently, the 56-year-old man is seeking shelter at his younger brother’s house in Nairobi.
“I am concerned about where I am going to get a place to live,” Wambua stated.
Wambua was released on a cash bail of Ksh 30,000 and an alternative bond of Ksh 200,000 with a surety of a similar amount pending retrial by High Court Judge George Odunga.
Wambua’s story gained public interest after a 2019 feature by Citizen TV anchor Lulu Hassan in a series titled Prison Diaries.
His daughter, Dorcas Mwende, confessed to being coerced to frame her father by their mother.
Mwende would later file submissions at the Machakos High Court recanting her original testimonies.
In his ruling, Justice Odunga ordered a retrial of the case noting that it had garnered considerable public interest.
“The petitioner’s appeal has been considered and determined that he was accused by someone who was coached and wasn’t using her own words, therefore justice must be rendered,” the judge ruled.
Wambua stated that he had forgiven his ex-wife and all those who had wronged him.