Woman accused of infidelity kills husband after hitting him in the head using ‘rungu’


Police in Matungu, Kakamega County, Kenya have launched a search for a 44-year-old woman accused of killing her husband.

Roseline Nafula, who hails from Lubanga Village, is alleged to have fatally hit Joseph Okoth, 50, in the head after he accused her of infidelity.

On Tuesday 6pm, Okoth is said to have returned home and found his wife hosting two men in his house.

An irritated Okoth is alleged to have ordered the two men out of his house before confronting Nafula to explain how she was related to the duo.

Police say an angry Nafula reached for a club (‘rungu’), and hit her husband in the head.

“She smashed the rungu against a wound in Okoth’s head; the deceased had recently undergone a surgical operation,” Kakamega County Police Commander, Bernard Muli, told K24 Digital.

Neighbours said the couple had — of late — been embroiled in unending marital dispute.

One of the residents told K24 Digital that Okoth often complained of being denied conjugal rights, and that Nafula was unfaithful.

“Once we arrest the suspect, we will charge her with murder,” said Kakamega police boss Muli.

Okoth’s body was taken to St. Mary’s Mission Hospital morgue in Mumias.

“I urge couples to exercise patience and tolerance in marriages. Resorting to violence or murder wouldn’t help solve marital problems,” Muli advised.

Okoth and Nafula were married for at least 24 years, and had six children together; three boys and three girls. The eldest child is aged 23 and the youngest is 9 years old.

Another neighbour said the two had separated a few years ago, before reuniting in 2017. According to the informant, Okoth left Nafula because she was denying him conjugal rights.

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