City men have gone public accusing their wives of plotting to kill them.
More than 400 husbands have complained officially to the police that their families want them dead so they can inherit their property.
Police ridicule “When men report these matters to police, they are often dismissed and ridiculed. Police ask you ‘Are not man enough that your wife wants to finish you? Police also want to see evidence, which is sometimes very difficult to have,” said Mr Njoka.
Research for the report, Gender Homicides against Men in Kenya, was carried out in 10 counties including Nairobi and Mombasa, between April 2013 and February 2014.
It covered newspaper reports and relied heavily on police reports and also unreported cases in rural areas.
Two men whose cases were recorded in the report told their sad stories to NairobiNews.
One of the men said his wife of 25 years attacked him and seriously injured him at Dandora last week.
The 47-year-old businessman explained: “My wife wanted my son to move into a rental house, but I am against it. My son had already taken his belongings to the house and he refused inherit their property.
And many more have died mysteriously.
They have been poisoned or tracked down by hitmen, according to a report by Maendeleo ya Wanaume.
“Men between the ages of 45-55 years are dying mysterious deaths planned by their wives,” said Nderitu Njoka, chairman of the organisation.
to move out even after reporting them to the chief. When I confronted them, my wife threatened me with a knife, as my children pelted me with stones shouting ‘mwizi!” (thief!),” he said.
The man who owns various properties in Eastlands reported the matter to police at Mowlem where he recorded a formal statement Medical reports from Jirani Mwema Community Health Centre showed the man had indeed been assaulted and suffered serious arm injuries after being hit by a blunt object.
It was not the first time the man’s wife had tried to kill him, he revealed.
He said: “Seven years ago, I came home drunk one night and found that she had put broken glass in my food thinking that I would be too drunk to notice. Since then, I have never taken alcohol because I fear my wife might take advantage and kill me.” The man went on: “She started causing problems shortly after I opened for her a business and she started earning her own money. She thought I was useless and even accused me of a lot of embarrassing things that I would never do.” He claimed his wife had on several occasions publicly embarrassed him by accusing him of having sex with their adult daughter. He denied the claims and termed them “satanic” and “outrageous.” “When we could not take it any more, we separated in 2012 and I moved out of our temporary marital home and remarried since I could not live alone. Only last week, she returned with our son and plotted to kill me,” he said.
City tycoon Another city tycoon has also claimed his wife, who is a professor at a local university plotted to kill him last month.
The tycoon, who is in his mid-sixties, owns a real-estate company and several apartments in the city and said his wife of over 30 years left him in September last year without giving him reasons.
“Last month, two men walked into my office in town and told me that they know me very well and they have evidence that my estranged wife had paid thugs to eliminate me,” he said.
In a series of text-messages shown to NairobiNews, the tycoon’s wife apparently instructed the thugs to eliminate her husband while she was away on an overseas trip in April and promised to pay the entire amount before the ‘operation’ was done.
“I saw a psychologist who told me to make sure my wife knows that I know she is plotting to kill me. In fact, I was told she had tried to kill me four times before, only that she had paid people who ran away with the money,” he said.
The businessman reported the matter to the police