Police looking for man suspected of killing his wife

Mollene Lubanga, who was allegedly killed by his husband, a former chief in Malava sub county/Photo/Courtesy

By Andrew Ombuni

Police in Emuhaya sub-county are investigating two cases where two people, a woman and a child died under mysterious circumstances.

In the first case, the body of a 22-year old Tariya Owiya, was found in her house by neighbours yesterday at Emabuye village in Ebukhaya sub location.

Witnesses said they suspected her husband, who is at large following the incident, could be linked to the woman’s death.

According to a neighbour, Wilson Tanya, he heard the woman screaming for help at around 10pm.

Mr Tanya said upon getting out of the house, he found the deceased’s husband beating her by the roadside and that he managed to separate them and returned back to his house.

“I pleaded with him to stop beating his wife and look for an alternative way of solving disputes. We agreed that he will call clan elders and solve the matter amicably,” said Mr Tanya.

He said by yesterday midday, he had not seen either of the spouses and decided to check on them.

“I reported the matter to our chief, Joyce Osaka, who called the woman’s mother, Sabina Alwanga, and we went to their house. The door was open and we gained access to the house only to find the lifeless body of the woman on the bed,” said Tanya.

“The husband was not in the house. We alerted other neighbours and alerted the police to come and pick the body,” he said.

Elsewhere in the same sub-county, the body of a three-year-old child who went missing on April 4 at Ipali location was discovered in a pit latrine.

The body of the boy was discovered by Evans Ayonga who was repairing the toilet at their homestead.

“I saw the body of a child in the toilet and alerted my sister in-law, Agnes Kunyonzo (the kids mother), to come and witness the incident. We alerted our neighbours who helped us retrieve the body from the pit latrine,” said Mr Ayonga.

Ms Kunyonzo said she has been agonizing over the missing child for the last two months.

She said they had taken lunch when her late son went missing and they had even given up on the search mission.

Kunyonzo asked the police to investigate the matter so that the assailants can be brought to book.

Confirming the two incidents, Vihiga County Police Commander Beatrice Gachago said the police are hunting the husband who is suspected to have murdered the wife in the first incident.

Ms Gachago said the woman had had several injuries on the right hand and thighs and bruises on the neck and asked married people to be solving disputes amicably as opposed to ending the life of their partners.

“It’s only God who has the power to end the life of someone. Let us desist from taking law in our own hands and seek proper ways of solving family feuds,” said the police commander.

On the second incident, he said the mother of the dead boy reported the matter to Luanda Police Station and they have been following up the matter.

Gachago said the police rushed to the scene and took the body to Coptic Mission Hospital mortuary in Maseno awaiting postmortem.

She asked area residents to volunteer information if they know the suspect behind the saga so that he can be arrested and taken to court.

The body of the deceased woman allegedly killed by the husband is also at the same morgue.