As Kenyans still grapple with the death of medical student Ivy Wangechi, many cases of femicide that did not hit the headlines remain unjustified.
The cases of women being murdered by their lovers are still being reported daily with many still unanswered. The case of Rhoda Mumbi is one such case that will be forgotten as the key suspect her husband Nicholas Koskei still roams free and the case is yet to commence in court.
The couple was going through a rough patch before the fateful day at the Jacaranda Elementaita hotel, in Gilgil. Mumbi was later found dead at the hotel’s bath tub naked.
Police arrested her husband and charged him with murder. Nicholas Koskei, a UN staffer, however said that his wife had drowned in the bathtub.
However a policeman concerned with the speed at which cases are being conducted intimates that the murder may have been pre-meditated.
Investigations revealed that this was not the first time the accused had visited the hotel. It is here that police allege he would have noted the cottages were quite a distance from the main reception and there were no CCTV cameras.
It also emerged that when Koskei made reservations for the hotel on July 5, 2017 via telephone, he insisted on having a room with a bath tub because his wife “loved bathtubs”. He later claimed that he had been out jogging as his wife drown in the bathtub. Suspiciously the soaps were intact and the bathroom floors were dry showing that there was indication of anyone taking a bath.
He later changed his statements stating that Mumbi was an ardent drug addict and abused sleeping pills but the post mortem report did not show such. He allegedly even tried to sway the pathologist to conceal certain facts.
Upon arrest and arraignment Koskei then pretended to be mentally unstable and confessed to have killed his wife for ‘love’.
It is not yet clear why Nicholas Koskei still free nearly two years after Mumbi’s death.
Mumbi died in 2017.