Second ‘woman’ fights in a man’s world

PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU Audrey Mbugua (left) with Alexander Nthungi and his lawyer, Mr Daniel Wokabi (right), outside a Nairobi court after Nthungi was awarded damages on June 18, 2013 for being stripped naked in full view of media cameras. Mr Nthungi has been living with a gender identity disorder.

What you need to know:

  • Man with gender identity disorder wins support from Audrey who has been fighting for identity recognition
  • Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi declared that officers at the Thika Police Station violated Alexander Nthungi’s rights and dignity and awarded him Sh200,000 compensation
  • In January 2011, Nthungi was at work in his grocery shop in Thika town, dressed like a woman when he was arrested and taken to Makongeni Police Station for questioning over claims of assaulting another woman
  • While at the station and in the full glare of the media, an officer stripped him naked claiming they wished to identify his gender

I am not ashamed to be a woman! Those were Alexander Ngungu Nthungi’s words after Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi declared that police violated his rights and dignity by stripping him naked to ascertain his sexual identity.


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