An assistant chief on Wednesday hacked his wife to death and committed suicide after a marital dispute. It happened at 7am.
Mr Joseph Mutai of Chepkoinik sub-location in Kericho District, and his wife, Nancy Chepkurui, had a quarrel. He slashed her on the head with a panga, killing her on the spot. After killing his wife, he took a rope and hanged himself on a tree in his compound.
Neighbors said the wife’s body lay in a pool of blood in their bedroom.
They said the couple’s 12-year marriage had been an unhappy one.
One of the chief’s brothers-in-law, Mr Charles Mutai, said his sister had spent the night at his brother’s home after a quarrel with her husband.
Neighbors said Mutai had an affair with their house-help and planned to marry her. This made the wife so furious.
Kericho police boss Clement Gatogo rushed to the home on receiving the information.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Administration in Nyamira County has been accused of allowing vigilante groups to work alongside them against a government directive banning the outfits.
The County Community Policing Committee chairman, Dr Daniel Mogeni Ombachi, said, “They operate like police officers and arrest suspects and hold kangaroo courts. Those who fail to buy their freedom are handed over to the administrators, who hand them over to police stations.”