He explained that insecurity around their home had necessitated the routine, saying he last saw Esther on Sunday at 5:40 am when she went to work.
Officers investigating the murder wondered why Ngigi did not pick her up later that day as was his custom.
Further, they questioned why he did not call her friends, relatives or even her place of work when he noticed she had gone missing.
According to Ruiru DCIO Justus Ombati, the marks on Wambui's body might be a ploy used by the perpetrators of the murder to deceive investigators.
Esther’s body was found packed in a suitcase and her chest hands and thighs had a message scribbled in ink, “Bwana ya mtu ni sumu (Someone's husband is poison)".
“She died a painful death and we are piecing together her last moments, and as we speak, the husband is a person of interest. It is a complex matter but what I can say is that we are moving well with investigations,’’ Ombati said.
Efforts to prevent and respond to cases of domestic violence against women in Kenya have been there for some years but the progress has been too slow.
In June 2021, Kenya adopted a gender-based violence indicator in the government’s performance monitoring framework.
This will ensure that the enforcement and implementation of gender-based violence laws and policies are tracked.
With this commitment, the government has also allocated additional resources to prevention and response.
If you or a person you know has been the victim of sexual or gender-based violence we encourage that you report the matter at your nearest police station.
For further assistance in seeking legal redress, contact any of the below organizations:-
- Gender Violence Recover Centre, Nairobi Women’s Hospital
- Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA)
- The CRADLE – The Children Foundation
- African Network for the Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN)
- Advantage Africa
- Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW)