Police are interrogating a middle-aged man for allegedly killing his wife by strangling her with a rope at their rented house in Kitui town.
The suspect surrendered himself to the police after killing the 39-year-old woman on Friday.
The man told the police that he strangled his wife with a rope in the bathroom, killing her on the spot.
Reports indicate that the suspect ran a cyber business in the town sometime back before it collapsed, rendering him jobless. He has been depending on his wife who operates a grocery business to survive.
The two had two children who were not at home at the time of the incident.
Kitui Central Sub-county Police Commander Peter Karanja confirmed the incident, saying the couple has been experiencing marital challenges for a while.
"The report we have so far is that the two have been having domestic issues for a while," Karanja said.
The deceased body was taken to Kitui Level 4 Hospital mortuary as police continue with investigations.
Meanwhile, police are holding a woman over the murder of her husband in Kaiti sub-county, Makueni county.
Police reports indicate that Veronica Mutisya hacked her husband to death using a panga after a domestic wrangle.
Hacked with machete
The deceased's brother, who reported the incident to the police, said Veronica slashed her husband's legs with a machete after a disagreement over an undisclosed matter.
The victim, who had lost a lot of blood, was rushed to Mukuyuni sub-county hospital where he was given first aid and later referred to Makueni Referral Hospital, where he died while undergoing treatment.
Area chief Francis Kimeu confirmed the incident, saying the man was threatening his wife with a panga before the woman snatched it and used it to attack him.
"The two had a family conflict where the wife took the machete the husband was threatening her with and used it to attack him," Kimeu said.