Man tries to kill wife for ‘failing to give birth to boys’


Man tries to kill wife for 'failing to give birth to boys'
Rebbecca Kerubo and her brother at her home. PHOTO| Chrispine Otieno

In Summary

  • The suspect, Joash Misati, locked his wife, Rebbecca Kerubo and three daughters inside their house in Bonyamatuta Chache location, set it ablaze and fled leaving them for dead.
  • Fortunately, the woman's eldest daughter, who was in a separate house within the compound, came to their rescue and opened the door before the incident could turn fatal.
  • Area Chief Tesling Okinya confirmed the incident saying he is collaborating with the police to arrest the suspect.

By Chrispine Otieno

Police in Nyamira are hunting for a man who is alleged to have attempted to kill his family over what he termed as failure by the wife to give birth to boys.

The suspect, Joash Misati, locked his wife, Rebecca Kerubo and three daughters inside their house in Bonyamatuta Chache location, set it ablaze and fled leaving them for dead.

Fortunately, the woman’s eldest daughter, who was in a separate house within the compound, came to their rescue and opened the door before the incident could turn fatal.

The fire could, however, not be contained with the entire house being razed to the ground.

Speaking to Citizen TV crew at her home, the woman said they were forced to seek shelter at a neighbour’s house where they spent the night.

“I’m just worried that my entire struggle to make my home is now in ashes and I’m homeless simply because of the archaic Abagusii cultural belief that a woman who cannot give birth to boys has no worth in a home,” she said.

Area Chief Tesling Okinya confirmed the incident saying he is working with the police to arrest the suspect.

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