In Summary
  • Before taking her life, Ms Adhiambo had allegedly been beaten by her husband, Mr Bernard Omondi, after she resisted the planned move to the village
  • The woman, in her early 20s, had reportedly abandoned her two-week-old baby to spend time with her former boyfriend at a nearby shopping centre.
  • The baby and Ms Adhiambo’s two-year-old son were found crying in the house by their father
  • She asked the husband to give her a few minutes to return a thermos flask that she had borrowed from a neighbour.

A woman on Sunday died by suicide in Kisumu after she was forced to relocate to her husband’s rural village in Awasi.

Witnesses and neighbours said Ms Maurine Adhiambo jumped into a 100-foot well at Chiga estate on the outskirts of Kisumu Town as her husband waited for her to take a boda boda to the bus stage.

Before taking her life, Ms Adhiambo had allegedly been beaten by her husband, Mr Bernard Omondi, after she resisted the planned move to the village.

Mr Omondi, 30, a road construction worker, spent the Christmas holiday in Awasi building a house for Ms Adhiambo, his second wife.

The first wife lives in the village, and Mr Omondi reportedly wanted Ms Adhiambo to join her to ease the burden of paying rent in town.

The two clashed immediately Mr Omondi returned to town in the morning to find Ms Adhiambo missing from their rented house.

The woman, in her early 20s, had reportedly abandoned her two-week-old baby to spend time with her former boyfriend at a nearby shopping centre.

The baby and Ms Adhiambo’s two-year-old son were found crying in the house by their father.

Neighbours tipped-off the husband who confronted the two lovers but the man managed to escape.

Mr Omondi then ordered his wife to go home and pack for the journey to Awasi.

Witnesses said Mr Omondi assaulted his wife before forcing her to board a boda boda to the house while he followed her on foot.

On reaching the house, the woman had already packed her belongings but before the two could start their journey, she asked the husband to give her a few minutes to return a thermos flask that she had borrowed from a neighbour.

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