KENYA: Policeman Kills Wife, Takes Own Life After Minor Disagreement

KENYA: Policeman Kills Wife, Takes Own Life After Minor Disagreement

Ndudi Anyim

A Policeman, attached to Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiangi’s office, has reportedly killed his wife and committed suicide.

The male officer, Hudson Wakise, was said to have left work for his Ruaraka’s home, at about 3p.m. on April 6, and had shortly after arriving home, killed his traffic officer wife.

Late PC Hudson Wakise
Late PC Pauline Wakasa

The Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai who gave details on the deaths, said preliminary investigations showed the General Service Unit (GSU) officer shot and killed his wife, Pauline Wakasa, before turning the gun on himself.

He revealed that officers who visited the scene found the bodies in the sitting room.

Mutyambai who mourned the incident said the couple may have had a domestic quarrel before the shooting incident.

“ They had argued over the move by Pauline to move out of the GSU camp. She apparently moved out to the new house on Saturday.
Their two children aged five and two survived the tragic incident. Witnesses said Wakise arrived home at about 9pm and found his wife taking supper and an argument over her decision to move out arose.

“ He then left and went out before walking back and shot the woman in the chest eight times.
He turned the gun on his chin bursting his head. Pauline was a traffic officer attached to the Kilimani division. She was still in her uniforms when the incident happened.

“ Just like her husband, she had been on duty until late in the evening on Tuesday.
The bodies were later moved to the mortuary, ” the Police boss stated.

Speaking on the tragic incident, the Interior Cabinet Secreatray had tweeted: “ I am deeply pained by the tragic incident involving PC Hudson Wakise and his wife PC Pauline Wakasa both young and vibrant Police officers with brilliant futures tragically ended in their shocking demise

” It’s a rude awakening to psychosocial challenges amongst some of our young officers that we have no choice but to now pay greater attention to. My sincere condolences to their families and friends. “

While the Police has turned the case to murder and suicide and declared it closed for now, it was gathered that such murder and suicide incidents are on the rise in the service.

Work-related trauma are said to be the major cause for the increasing rate of such tragic incidents.

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