Vihiga County Police Commander (CPC), Mrs. Beatrice Gachago, said police officers were hunting for a runway husband believed to have killed his wife on Tuesday last week. “The suspect, Mr. Jackson Ngonga, aged 30, is believed to have assaulted the wife, Tariya Owiya, 22 years, before abandoning her in their house at Emabuye village, Ebukhaya sub location,” said Gachago.
Mr. Wilson Tanya, an eyewitness and who is also a next-door neighbour, narrated circumstantial events leading to Owiya’s death. “While in my house on Tuesday at about 10 pm, I heard a woman screaming for help from a nearby road,” said Owiya who rushed to the scene. He found the deceased’s husband beating her, “I managed to separate two before I calmed the husband. The couple then walked back to their house,” recalled Tanya.
However, Owiya was concerned the following day after none of the couple showed up outside of the house by midday. “I decided to take the case to the chief’s office,” he added.
The police boss said the area chief Mrs. Joyce Osaka accompanied by Mrs. Sabina Alwanga, mother to the deceased and Tanya visited the house where they found her body laying on the bed. “The deceased had several injuries on the right hand and thighs,” disclosed Gachago, adding the husband has been on the run since that time.
The body was moved to Kisumu’s Coptic Mission Hospital awaiting post-mortem.
Security agencies are investigating the matter.
In the second incident, security officers in the same Sub County are investigating the death of a three-year child whose body was retrieved from a pit latrine at Esikhulu village, Itumbu sub location in Ipali location.
The police commander confirmed the body was found by Mr. Evans Ayonga who at the time was repairing the abandoned toilet facility. “Ayonga saw a body of a child in the latrine
before he immediately alerted the sister in law, Mrs Agnes Kunyonzo,” said Gachago.
According to police record, Mrs Kunyonzo has been spending sleepless nights agonizing over her missing child, who went missing about two months. “She in-fact, reported the incident at Luanda Police Station on 4th April 2018,” noted Gachago.
The mother correctly identified the body as belonging to Godrin Amuyaka, the son who had been missing.
Police officers visited the scene where they retrieved the body before moving it to Coptic Mission Hospital in Kisumu city. “Police and criminal investigations officers are probing the matter,” she said.