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Former Kenya Air Force Officer Kills Wife After Dispute

Stephen Kithuka Kilindi is reported to have ignited the row between him and his wife, 35-year-old Elizabeth Ndanu Kimeu at his home in Mukimwani Sub-location Kalimani location at 8 am.

A retired Kenya Airforce Officer on Tuesday, March 16 slashed his wife to death with a panga after a domestic row erupted between them in Mbooni East Sub-county.

Stephen Kithuka Kilindi is reported to have ignited the row between him and his wife, 35-year-old Elizabeth Ndanu Kimeu at his home in Mukimwani Sub-location Kalimani location at 8 am.

Makueni County Police Commander Joseph Ole Naipeyan told Kenya News Agency (KNA) on phone that the woman had suffered deep cuts on her neck, legs, and arms.

“The suspect who is in police custody reported the heinous act to the police at 11 am. At the time, the exchange of words worsened and the suspect took a panga and slashed the woman severally leaving her for dead,” revealed Ole Naipeyan.

The county police boss added that the officers recovered the panga that was stained with blood and will be used as an exhibit.

While adding that the suspect will be arraigned in court after police complete investigations, he said the body of the deceased was taken to Makueni Referral Hospital mortuary for preservation awaiting post-mortem.

The incident comes a week after a General Service Unit (GSU) officer attached to Chepchoina Camp, Trans Nzoia County committed suicide on Tuesday, March 9 after randomly shooting his two colleagues.

Police and military officers experience upsetting events in their line of work more often than other dangerous professions in society, events that have put their mental health on the line.

Most of them today consider the handling of human remains and death scene investigations routine. These tasks are laden with emotional significance and are often accompanied by sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch sensations of the most unpleasant kind.

It is even worse with military officers, who are exposed to war that can strike them at any time, that can lead to a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among many mental health illnesses. With a very weak psychosocial support system at work, they develop mature coping strategies and responses on their own, that allow them to shrug off all but the most vivid of the death scene and dead body experiences. 

However, due to the magnitude, horror, or bizarreness of these scenes, they leave indelible impressions upon the spirit of even the most experienced officer. They may not show any outward emotional response but will develop or experience long-term psychological problems, with significant impairment.

For example, nearly a decade into Kenya’s military incursion in Somalia, hundreds of Kenyan soldiers have been killed, and dozens of al-Shabaab attacks have taken place in Kenyan territory, some directed at KDF soldiers.

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