The father of slain Moi University medicine student Ivy Wagechi has denied reports circulating on social media claiming that his daughter was HIV positive.
There were speculations online that her killer, Naftali Kinuthia, may have taken the action after she infected him with the virus.
Speaking during an interview with the Standard, Ivy's father Paul Githui Wainaina has refuted the claims, stating that her daughter was HIV negative.
Wainaina says it is painful to hear such lies being peddled to justify the killing of his first-born daughter.
He has described his daughter as decent and God-fearing, having been raised in a Christian family.
“Please help me clean my daughter’s name. She was a decent, hardworking girl. The stories being circulated about her infecting her killer with HIV/Aids are untrue."
“This has been discounted by tests already done,” Wainaina states.
“Ivy was brought up in a strict Christian background and is a very honest person. Her character cannot be questioned,” he adds.
Wainaina, who is the principal of Kanjuiri Secondary School in Nyandarua County, also says Ivy had never introduced Kinuthia to the family. He further says he only had a faint memory of Kinuthia.
“I could not recognize the name. When I was shown his picture posted in his driver’s license, I faintly recognized him. I could however not have identified him in the streets. It was long ago and the family moved to Thika,” he explains.
The sixth-year student was hacked to death by Kinuthia using an axe and knife on Tuesday outside the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH).
She will be laid to rest on Thursday at Kirai Village in Mahiga, Othaya, Nyeri County.