If you escape, there is still April and June, and most murders happen at the bar or home – never by the roadside
By Pascal Owade
You are likely to be murdered by your wife around October and December -especially if she’s from Kiambu, the county with Kenya’s highest crime rate and home of most women rotting in jail. If you celebrate ‘New Year’ in one piece, your lover still has April and June the following year to dispatch you to St Peter.
The recent death of engineer George Mwangi, with the wife Gladys Chania as the main suspect, has rekindled debate centred around how marrying a woman from Kiambu is one among 1000 ways to die. Chania, a failed Woman Rep aspirant in the 2022 elections, was arrested in the macabre murder of her estranged hubby: See, Mwangi had taken Lucy Muthoni, a tenant of the couple’s property, who worked as a school secretary, as his new lover.
Murder venues by women are mostly a bar or home-never by the road side
Former DCI Boss, George Kinoti once said that in murder investigations, the victim speaks from the grave: “A murderer always leaves a clue. In case, of many suspects, the case is easier to solve.” Though Chania told cops that Mwangi had left his cellphone at home before he went missing, clues to his murder were all over bloody bedsheets in his bedroom!
Curiously women are rarely subjected to mob justice as opposed to men even when it’s a case of red-handed blue murder. But why do they kill between those months, you might ask?
October and December are months that usher in the ‘high season’ and with it, out-of-town escapades with lovers
Well, according to research on Crime and Gender, April and June are the months when Kenyan girls who cleared high school start flirting with married men, while October and December are months that usher in the ‘high season’ of domestic tourism and with it, out-of-town escapades with office lovers, college girls besides end of year festivities coming with merrymaking, immorality, openly flirting.
Women also kill their men at night or in the morning meaning it’s someone they live with and most likely one they know-a son, lover or hubby. Murder venues are mostly a bar or home-never by the road side.
Majority of women use poison, knives and machetes whose sharpness requires little effort to snuff out a life
Reasons for murder included jealousy triggered by love triangles, adultery, family wrangles and property disputes. Men, on the other hand, commit murders any time of day but mostly in the evening! The bulk of their victims are strangers-but rarely women. Men are thus both perpetrators and victims of murder.
Central Kenya has the highest crime rate in the country with Kiambu County as the hotbed ahead of even Nairobi County, according to Kenya Police records. Counties in the Rift Valley are second followed by Eastern, Coast, Nyanza and Western Kenya.
In murder cases, women rarely kill fellow women. The ka-victim is usually a dude-or son of a dude attempting to dump them!
Kiambu County has more women convicted criminals than other counties. But in murder cases, they rarely kill fellow women. The ka-victim is usually a dude-or son of a dude attempting to dump them!
Kiambu also has the highest number of single mothers per square kilometre. Those convicted for murder are single or single mothers with married men as dead victims.
Most killings happen after threats of being dumped following a pregnancy. Others are killed after transferring properties to the jangili (side dish) “who eliminate them for fear he might change his mind once the love is over.”
This explains why many single mothers-mostly from Kiambu- have baby girls
Many women from Kiambu also choose abortion upon discovering the sex of the unborn child is a boy.
This explains why many single mothers-mostly from Kiambu- have baby girls notes Florence Muthoni Mainah in Gender Differentials in crime: A Case study of Kiambu County, adding that boys were eliminated as they have “most likely lost their social value and favour in the family and in the community at large. The society viewed boys as a burden such that the preference has shifted in favour of the girl child.”
You are also likely to be subjected to criminal elements if you are single
Mainah did her research for seven years to 2015 for her PhD in gender and development studies at Kenyatta University and discovered that if a man escapes being murdered between April and June, then he has between October and December to contend with.
Those end of year months mark high murder rates of married men which “could be attributed to the yearly festivity which was intertwined with merrymaking and immorality where men openly flirt around with young women.”
Overall, marriage helps reduce crime as people tend to think about how their spouses might react
You are also likely to be subjected to criminal elements if you are single. Mainah’s study revealed that single women comprised 58 percent of convicts followed by the divorced at 16 percent. Mainah informs us that “married persons spend less time in situations that might lead to crime or in the company of friends who might encourage them to commit crime.”
Of the male jailbirds, 51 percent were single, 30 percent were married, 10 percent divorced and seven percent widowed. Mainah notes this means that “marriage helps reduce crime because it increases self-control and people tend to think about how their spouses might react.”