Kakamega: Mitumba seller hangs self after wife reports him for allegedly sleeping with their 12-year-old daughter

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 8 Oct, 2021 12:05 | 2 mins read
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The body of a 40-year-old man who sells mitumba in Kakamega town was found dangling from his roof after he allegedly committed suicide inside his rented house in Kenya Power scheme estate, Kakamega.

Moses Kariuki, a father of two is said to have hanged himself after his wife Margaret Wanjiru,30, reported him at Kakamega police station for allegedly having a sexual relationship with their 12-year-old daughter.

''The victim, a class six pupil at St.Teresa Primary School refused to return home after the school holidays informing one of her female teachers that she cannot go back home for fear of being sexually harassed by her biological father. The teacher was forced to call her mother and narrate the entire story,'' Vincent Ogutu told K24 Digital.

Ogutu revealed that Wanjiru called her husband while at school with their daughter and her teacher asking Kariuki if the allegations against him were true.

However, the husband pleaded with her to return home so that they sort out the issue.

On reaching home the suspect turned hostile prompting her to report to Kakamega Police Station only to find all the doors to the house locked.

Wanjiru managed to get inside the house through the bedroom window only to find the body of her husband hanging from the roof with a rope around his neck.

His friends and colleagues mourned him saying he had been beneficial to many in society.

"We have lost someone who has been a breadwinner to many including a student from Masinde Muliro University who is employed by the deceased. Kariuki was such a gentleman. We will miss him," Thomas Aseno told K24 Digital.

David Wanyoike one of the businessmen in the town wondered why the deceased decided to cut his life short instead of involving church leaders and friends in amicably solving the matter.

Kakamega central acting OCPD Daniel Mukumbu has asked locals to seek advice from religious leaders and friends when solving domestic disputes.

The body of the deceased is lying at Kakamega funeral parlor awaiting postmortem.