Journalist Moses Dola found guilty of manslaughter

Journalist Moses Otieno Dola in court. He has been sentenced to 10 years over the death of his wife Wambui Kabiru./COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: Journalist Moses Otieno Dola has been found guilty of manslaughter.

The High Court on Friday found Moses Dola guilty of manslaughter in causing the death of his wife, former NTV reporter Wambui Kabiru.

High Court Judge Roselyn Korir said the prosecution had proved Kabiru died an unlawful death and ordered prosecution to prepare a pre-sentencing report ahead of the mentioning of the case on October 26th.

Dola was initially being charged with murder but Judge Korir substituted the charge with manslaughter.

Wambui, a mother of one, was found dead in their Umoja home on May 1,2011.

While recounting the events leading to the murder, Dola had told the court that Wambui charged at him with a pair of scissors after a small scuffle over radio volume.

While trying to defend himself, Dola tackled his wife and they both fell on the bed. He then left her there, to give her time to calm down, and went to his brother-in-law’s house where they drank alcohol.

Dola claims he only realized the intensity of Wambui’s injury during the scuffle when he came back home.

“I did not expect Wambui’s injury to have a big effect. Since I was temperamental at the time, I left Wambui in the bedroom and went to my brother-in-law’s place, where we drank alcohol. In my mind, I was giving Wambui time to cool down,” he said.

He went into hiding for three days before turning himself in at Naivasha Police station.