Elizabeth Wawira, a middle-aged woman confessed to stabbing her husband to death on July 18, 2021.
The woman who comes from Embu on Thursday said she fatally killed Ngari Mbaka at their Ngiori Village home in Mbeere South following a drunken fight.
Mr Mbaka was confirmed dead at the Embu Level 5 Hospital a few days into his treatment.
Miss Elizabeth Wawira had earlier denied killing her spouse.
But, on Thursday, she notified the court that she wanted to change her plea, saying she’d entered into a negotiated agreement with the prosecution.
The accused told Embu High Court judge Lucy Njuguna that she did not intend to kill her partner, and that she accidentally stabbed him during a domestic fight.
Wawira said she and Mbaka were drunk during the dispute.
“On that day, my husband arrived home at 9:30pm. He handed over to me a few tomatoes and meat for dinner. As I was preparing the meat, a fight broke between us,” said Wawira.
It was during the melee that she stabbed Mbaka in the abdomen.
Mbaka was rescued by his brother, who took him to the Embu Level 5 Hospital for treatment. The victim, however, died while undergoing treatment.
Postmortem indicated that Mbaka died of injuries in the abdomen.
Mr Leah Mati who led the prosecution prayed the court that Wawira was seeking a noncustodial sentence.
Her lawyer, Muthoni Ndeke, told Justice Lucy Njuguna that her client was remorseful.
Ndeke asked the court to issue a lenient sentence on Wawira, saying the suspect is her family’s sole bread-winner, and that her children aged 17 and 10 have been suffering since she was taken into custody.
Justice Njuguna ordered that a pre-sentencing report be prepared and submitted to the court ahead of December 6, 2021 mention.
Kakamega Woman Kills Husband Over Co-wife, Solar Panel
A Kakamega woman has admitted to murdering her husband after he disconnected their solar panel from her house and fitting it in her co-wife house.
Before the High Court in Kakamega, Joy Trizar Shitubi pleaded guilty to the charge of man-slaughtering her husband on October 26, 2017 at Emachoni village.
“I stabbed my husband Joseph Waboko Mbayi on the material date without malice aforethought,” said Shitubi who had entered a plea bargain deal with the prosecution to plead guilty for manslaughter instead of the more serious murder charge.
Narrating her ordinance, Shitubi explained she was preparing food for dinner when her husband, Mbayi came and disconnected the solar panel from her house and took it to the first wife’s house.
According to her, her husband later returned back and grabbed her by the neck and started strangling her when she protested against the action of snatching the solar panel from her and could not reveal where its charger was.
“I struggled to come out of the strangling but he hit me in the face and tried to grab the knife I was using to peel tomatoes from my hand,” she said. “Amidst the struggle I unfortunately happened to stab him with the knife in the chest fatally injuring him.”
Meanwhile, the sister to Mbayi, Ester, who witnessed the incident claims that her brother was provoked to start the fight when her sister-in-law could not reveal where she had kept the charger to the solar panel.
She confirmed that her brother hit Joy on the face with a fist and a struggle ensued between them leading to the fatal stab. The first wife said Mbayi went to her co-wife’s house and disconnected the solar plate that had initially been installed in her house. She added that after her husband returned the solar panel back to her house and went back to Shitubi’s house to collect the charger.
“I later heard screams of a child coming from the house and when I went, I found our husband lying on the floor with blood coming from his chest,” she said.
When cop Jael Kwamboka, from Mahondo Administration Police Post arrested Shitubi as Mbayi was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. According to autopsy report, the cause of death was a stab wound to the chest.
CS George Magoha Asks School Heads Not To Chase Away Students With Arrears
George Magoh, the Education Cabinet Secretary has urged school headmasters not sack students from school due to school fees arrears.
According to Magoh, before Friday government will drop the school capitation.
The Education Cabinet Secretary speaking at Kisii yesterday said no student will be sent home due to lack of school fees.
Mr George Magoh addressed a gathering at the launch of junior secondary school classrooms phase two at Kereri Girls.
“We are all sailing in the same boat where we are struggling with harsh economic times. The price of basic commodities has gone high and this affects all of us, even at the family level,” he said.
Mr Magoh made an appeal to school headmasters to use available resources to make sure that students remain in school.
“We have school feeding programmes in day schools, let us support those critical cases stay in school. We must admit the students to school and give parents an opportunity to pay school fees. Those of us who have already cleared paying fees for our children have gone an extra mile to pay fees for other needy cases, which is a welcome move,” he said.
According to him, the capitation programme changed because of the affected school calendar. “President Uhuru and my ministry will work extra hard to ensure that we have released the funds on time,” he said.
Magoha assured that government will soon finish the building of 10,000 junior secondary school classrooms on time.
“We will deliver the classrooms before we leave the office. No money that belongs to our children will go to waste,” he said.
A further 5,000 classrooms will be constructed. He warned private developers who have grabbed land belonging to schools.