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Woman hires hitman to kill husband

26 September 2013, 13:51 Mwangi Karanja

Kitale - A middle aged woman working with the Ministry of Devolution was arrested in Kitale Thursday after she tried to hire a hitman to kill her husband and four other members of the family, in what the police described as family conflict.

it is alleged that a few days ago, Rosemary Wambui had offered KES 250 000 to have her husband of 17 years, Peter Wamoto, eliminated alongside her co-wife, Christine Nafula.

Police further disclosed that other people targeted in the mission were Nafula’s child and Wamoto’s kin.

A police report seen by the media showed that Wambui had engaged a close friend to search for the hitman but coincidentally landed on a police officer who agreed to execute the assassination deal.

The plan had been scheduled for last Sunday at her husband's home at Bokoli village in Bungoma County during the burial of her father in-law.

Area residents who requested for anonymity revealed that the couple separated two years ago after which Wamoto married Christine.

She further said that the family had just jetted in the country to attend the burial of Wamoto’s father not knowing that their lives were in danger.

Trans-Nzoia County Commander, Lillian Okembo, said they are holding Wambui and her casual worker identified as Stanley Waweru over the revelation.

She said, “She had sought the service of a hitman when her associate fortunately got one of our officers to do the job and it was then that we moved in an employed tactics to arrest the woman.”

According to Okembo, the suspect disclosed that it has taken over a month to plan the murder and raise the hitman's fee.

She said that the lady had already identified the people she wanted killed to the hitman.

“The suspect handed over the photographs of persons she wanted dead as she waited for the mission to be accomplished,” added Okembo.

She said that immediately after burial on Sunday, the ‘killer’ who pretended to be set for the mission secretly had the lights switched off and then relocated the targeted people.

“We arrested her after the ‘killer’ took the pictures of the faked murder and delivered them to her in a hotel. She later confessed to have plotted the murder,” said Okembo adding that the suspect claimed to be emotionally disturbed by her husband’s second marriage.

The police commandant appealed to separated couples not to attack each other by planning murder, but instead move on with their lives or seek help from marriage counselors.

“Separation does not grant one party rights to end the life of the other person. It is satanic and bad to plan to kill; women need to change as cases of this nature have increased,” she said.

She said that the woman would be arraigned in court once the investigations are completed.

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