By Prudence Minayo
Josephine Thitu is the ex-wife of Machakos county governor Alfred Mutua and the mother of his children. She is a pharmaceutical services system specialist with over 17 years experience.
Dr. Josephine graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Pharm. B.) and a Master of Public Health (M.P.H) from the University of Washington.
In 2006, she graduated from Purdue University with a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.)
Josephine has worked in Kenya, the United Arab Emirates, Australia and the United States in a number of leading health institutions and technical institutions.
She has also been program director for Afya Afrique, health systems strengthening consultant group in Nairobi.
Before joining Afya Afrique, she was the deputy chief of party, Pharmaceutical Services for the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SMS) program of management science of health (MSH).
She was also the founding director of Machakos Women Foundation. The foundation’s aim is to address the needs of women in the county, especially with regards to heath matters.
Governor Alfred Mutua and Josephine Thitu tied the knot on 1st July 2000 at Nairobi Baptist Church, Ngong road. They were blessed with three children.
Josephine and governor Alfred Mutua’s relationship came to an end in 2015. Many believed that Lilian Ng’ang’a and Alfred had an affair which subsequently led to the divorce. Josephine also accused the governor of brutality and publicly humiliating her, allegations the governor denied.
Her sentiments would later be echoed in Kenya’s number one female detective’s, Jane Mugo, public post. In the lengthily post, Jane implied that the divorce between Mutua and his second wife was karma for what they did to Josephine.
Jane revealed that she was the one who rescued Josephine, her children and the house manager after they had been locked in their Westland’s home by the governor. This was meant to prevent Josephine from leaving for Australia with the kids. However, the detective intervened and Josephine left for Australia the same day. At the airport, she said Josephine cried saying ndunia ni hapa.
In 2015, they were in court fighting over the custody of their three children and their home in Westlands.
In a statement recorded by the police, she said Mutua had not lived in the house since 2012 and has surrendered it to her.
It was reported that in the divorce, Mutua lost property in Machakos, Kitui and Makueni including prime plots in Mavoko town and their home in Westlands.