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MUTHA man kills wife, commits suicide

A 53-year-old man killed his wife, 38, at Mathima village, Mutha Ward in Kitui South Sub County.
Three children are orphaned after a man slashed his wife in Mathima village, Mutha Ward killing her then commiting suicide/FILE

Simon Ngumbu killed wife Zipporah Mwende using a panga due to family chaos. The man later committed suicide.

Confirming the incident, area assistant chief King'ele Kiema   advised members of the public to report cases of insecurity to his office and be following the law when differences arise rather than taking law in their own lands.

The incident happened on the night of Friday July 7. The couple is survived by three young boys who are now orphans.

The local administrator told MWINGI TIMES that the husband who was the sole breadwinner of the family used to work in a Chinese company in the area but later stopped.

When the man returned back home, he joined his wife who was a farmer in working in order to raise school fees for their children. The first born is in secondary school while the two others are in primary.

For some time, the man ventured into miraa business but due to low income, they were unable to raise enough income to cater for their children's needs. The father became violent. The wife reported him to the assistant chief.

The violence ceased but later erupted after the wife was accused by the husband of infidelity. This is what is believed to have aroused Simon's anger and he did the unthinkable. He killed his wife by cutting her to death and commiting suicide thereafter.

"As area assistant chief, I advised Zipporah who came to my office with complains of her husband neglecting his responsibilities. I told her to involve his parents so that they may solve the issue and I hope for that time they found a solution.

I urge citizens once such issues happen in your families, seek help or advice from parents or from respective government officials to solve the issues peacefully before taking the law in your hands", said King'ele Kiema, the area assistant chief.

Their bodies are conserved in Mutomo Level IV Hospital morgue while investigations are ongoing.


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