Lamu man commits suicide over ‘adulterous’ wife

Phillip Ngugi the deceased PHOTO COURTESY

Lamu, KENYA: A  man has committed suicide in Matanya village of Mpeketoni, Lamu West after a domestic tiff with his wife.

Philip Ngugi,30 and a father of two is said to have been angered after he found out his wife had been cheating on him.

Villagers reported that the man had gone missing two months ago upon stumbling over his wife’s infidelity.

His body was found dangling on a tree, meters away from his home.

“He went missing two months ago. I think he just came back to commit suicide. As elders, we had been aware of the issues between him and his wife. He had repeatedly said his wife was cheating on him. We, however, feel he should have pursued other means to resolve the matter. We believe that’s why he committed suicide,” said Emmanuel Wanyoike, a village elder.

While confirming the incident on Tuesday, Mpeketoni OCPD Christopher Limo said investigations were underway.

“We are aware of a man who committed suicide and we suspect domestic issues. Even then, we are still investigating if there is any foul play,” said Limo.

Area chief Philip Githinji also informed that the man had torched his house and entire belongings before he disappeared for two months.

“He even posted on Facebook his woes and even hinted in the post that he was planning to take his life because of what his wife had done to him,” said Githinji.

His body has been taken to the Mpeketoni hospital mortuary.

Area elders have asked young couples to learn to solve domestic issues without having to rush to extreme measures like suicide.