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Slain reporter sought help over abusive marriage

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 4 – Details have now emerged that murdered television reporter Wambui Kabiru was seeking a way out of her troubled marriage, according to communication with a non-governmental organisation that deals with domestic violence.

Facebook messages seen by Capital News between the late Wambui and Women Against Domestic Violence Chairperson Lorraine Kirigia and Founder Caroline Gikunda indicate that she was desperate to leave her matrimonial home due to what she termed as “an abusive relationship.”

“Hi gal! I really need your help, am in an abusive relationship and I want out but I want the man to leave the house, what kind of help can you give me? I need it asap,’ her first message sent on April 13, read.

According to the messages, the late Wambui had indicated that her husband, Moses Dola Otieno was to leave on May 2 for almost two years.

It is however unclear where he was to go to and for what purpose.

“I havent changed my mind, just that he\’s going away on 2nd May for almost 2 years…..this makes things easier but I still need to talk to Lorraine. Thanks n God bless u. Good day!,” communication to the NGO Founder goes on to say.

In the messages, Ms Gikunda asked the late Wambui to call Ms Kirigia so that they could schedule a meeting.

“Thanks a lot for your concern. Sorry meant to talk to her, mambo tu yamekuwa mengi (i have been busy). Thinking of an appropriate time and day I can talk to her coz nikiwa job ni hard (it is difficult while i am at work), I share an office, na nikiwa home pia ni ngumu (it is also hard while at home). My number is 0729******.”

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When they spoke on phone, the late Wambui revealed to Ms Kirigia that her husband had tried to kill her two years ago but after a family meeting the matter was resolved and the deceased did not leave her matrimonial home as she planned.

She further revealed on phone that her husband used to insult her and beat her up often.

“Thanks for listening. The thing is, it’s a rented house and am the one who pays the rent and most things in the house are mine, so moving out will be a hustle plus hatakubali niende, its easier for him to leave. Pliz advise me on the best way to go about it..I have tried talking to his family and no one seem to take action,” she had told Ms Gikunda in an earlier email.

Ms Kirigia was scheduled to meet the late Wambui on Monday this week at 1pm.  That was never to be.

“I called the late Wambui on Monday at around 11am but her phone went unanswered, I kept on trying until at 1pm when I saw the shocking news on television that she had been killed,” Ms Kirigia explained.

Her husband went missing after her body was found and surrendered  to the police in Naivasha on Wednesday afternoon.  Police have been hunting for him since he left the home hours before the late Wambui’s body was found.

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