The big question Kenyans are asking is why Migori town and its environs has been in the news over deaths as a result of love triangles. Last week, residents were treated to drama at an estate in Migori town when a wife found her husband with another woman in his house.
Joyce Kandie had gone to Peter Murunga’s house at Aroso area to ask for assistance as their baby was unwell but the man, together with a woman identified as Susan Roki allegedly came out and attacked Kandie, who was carrying the baby and was trying to gain entry into the house. Kandie was infuriated and smashed the windows and headlamps of Murunga’s Land Rover car using stones. The mother of six also punctured the tyres and hit the side mirrors. During the ugly incident, a mob threatened to set the man and his lover on fire.
Murunga has not only abandoned his estranged wife but even his close relatives back home. One of their neighbours at Aroso claimed that, whenever Murunga reports at Kenya Power offices where he works, Roki before his departure, sprays liquid in the house and the car using supposed love portions she bought in Tanzania. What has surprised many are claims by Roki that she wears Murunga pants without his knowledge. Another lady alleged Roki at one time boasted of how Murunga goes to the bank, withdraws money and brings to her intact without spending any cent for her to control. It is as a result of this that Kandie has been sidelined and Murunga cannot fend for his own child.
Others say that at night, Roki is fond of burning dried tree leaves that generates smoke, engulfing the house as Murunga watches TV. The smoke to her is aimed at confusing the man not to think outside the box. It is said the woman has confused Murunga to an extent at times he finds himself washing her bras in the name of love. The two lovebirds even share a plate when eating. Murunga cannot even send Mpesa money without involving her, it is said.
Residents say a majority of lovers in Migori have resorted to witchcraft for survival hence the current love sagas in the region.
Another ugly incident was in December 2015 in which Migori police arrested a man who killed his cousin following claims of love triangle at Got Kweru, Suna West subcounty. Charles Odhiambo, 25, attacked his cousin, Gibson Okombo, 17, after he accused him of sleeping with his wife on a Sunday morning. Neighbours said the accused had been having prolonged quarrels with his wife on issues of unfaithfulness. Migori OCPD Moses Chepyegon said Odhiambo went to Okombo’s home on Sunday morning and accused him of having an affair with his wife and in the ensuing bitter exchange of words, Odhiambo picked a blunt object and hit the cousin on the forehead. He died on his way to hospital.
In March 2016, a man committed suicide in Migori after accusing his wife of having nine lovers. Stephen Ouma took poison at his Opea village home in Karungu, Nyatike subcounty, after accusing the wife of being unfaithful. He left behind a note in which he mentioned the names of the nine men he suspected to be sleeping with his wife. In September 2013, residents of Kebaroti village in Kuria East district were shocked after a man killed his uncle and aunt in what is believed to be a crime of passion. The man killed the two after an argument with the uncle who had confronted him over an alleged love affair he was having with the aunt and demanded that he stops it.
Confirming the incident, area OCPD Gladys Ogonda said the man had been involved in a bitter exchange with the uncle before leaving, only to come back and commit the heinous act. In January 2014, a Form Two student in Rabuor Kogelo Mixed School was killed after he was caught having an affair with a married a woman. Fourteen-year-old Moses Onyango was said to have been having an affair with the 31-year-old mother of six for a long time.
In May 2016, a 36-year-old man was murdered in what was reported as a love triangle in Ayego. George Omondi, was killed by unknown assailants after they found him with his alleged lover at her house. According to Uriri OCPD Benjamin Mwanzia, the deceased and the assailant were fighting over the woman, who is a widow. The OCPD said the suspected killer, who was armed with a panga, a club among other crude weapons, bludgeoned the deceased. The man died while undergoing treatment at a nearby health facility.
In December 2015, a Class Eight pupil was killed over suspicion that he was having an affair with his cousin’s wife. Dickson Omondi was reportedly attacked by his cousin together with three other men, who beat him to death using a blunt object.Area chief Jared Kadiga confirmed the incident even as he dismissed claims that the deceased was engaged in the illicit affair, stating that the boy was too young.
In October 2014, an Administration Police officer in Kuria West was killed after a butcher in Tarang’anya area found him with his wife. Corporal Stephen Bondori allegedly fought with a businessman over his wife and succumbed to stab wounds after shooting the suspect, Christopher Nyamahanga Mtundu in the thigh.
In July 2013, a jilted man allegedly killed his wife by strangling her in Rongo. Residents were shocked to discover the body of a woman at her house in Mbwa Kali village. The body was spotted through an open window. Neighbours said the two had separated but they were surprised to find them together again. It was alleged that the man was bitter after realising that the wife of seven years was seeing another man.
In September 2014, a man committed suicide after his wives thwarted his bid to take a third wife. The man’s wives teamed up and chased away his new catch, a widow, whom their husband wanted to inherit. But on getting news of the new development, John Otieno, 44 went to a nearby chemist where he bought a pesticide and drank it.
In April 2016, a man committed suicide at his in-laws following a quarrel with his wife. Collins Ouma is said to have hanged himself after efforts to solve his differences with his wife at his in-laws’ home bore no fruit. In the same month, Collins Otieno, 27, from Karungu in Nyatike subcounty committed suicide after a quarrel with his mother over a woman he wanted to marry. Area administrator James Mabeya said Otieno had told his mother that he would commit suicide. A 40-year-old man committed suicide following alleged “excessive infidelity” of his two wives. The man who is a trader upon entering his house, he ordered all the children to leave the sitting room and go to their bedroom after which he hanged himself on a rope. Villagers said the trader had been having endless quarrels with his two wives over alleged unfaithfulness.