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Gospel singer Ruth Matete acquitted in husband’s death case

Gospel singer, Ruth Matete has expressed deep relief as she announced the closure of the court case involving her late husband, Beloved John Apewajoye.

In a recent announcement on her social media platforms, the mother of one said the hearing was held on April 25.

“A few days ago, the court case that has been hanging over my head was finally concluded. The hearing was on April 25, 2024, and I was declared free. The case is over. The file is closed. To the glory of God! I got back the gas cylinder and the three telephones. I will continue to serve God. I will continue to do what He created me to do. I certainly don’t look like what I went through. It’s all for the glory of God,” she wrote.

Matete shared the emotional toll her husband’s tragic death left behind.

Apewajoye succumbed to injuries sustained in a fire at their home in Athi River, Machakos County, on March 30, 2020.

The couple, who had been married for four months and were expecting their first child together, faced immense hardship following the accident.

“I should write a very long post. By now you know I can write really long posts. But I realised that would mean writing down everything that has happened in the last four years. Then I changed my mind. So here I am, trying to keep it as short as possible. It’s been four years. Life has gone on somehow, but there was one thing left to do… I got married. My husband died four months after we got married,” Matete explained.

Apewajoye’s death triggered a series of challenges for Matete.

She said she was blamed for his death, had to endure widespread rumours and faced obstacles in burying him because of legal proceedings.

“I was not allowed to bury him for three months. Things were taken from me as evidence. Three telephones and two gas cylinders. The small one that caused the accident and the big one that was working. The small one was later confiscated. Later I got my baby and tried to carry on. I continued to serve God”.

She expressed her gratitude for the support she has received from her family and friends throughout the ordeal.

“Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement. A big thank you to my father for standing by me through all this. A special thank you to my spiritual father, Prophet David Owusu, for his prayers and more importantly, his protection. Thank you Papa. It’s over. It’s over. It’s over. This is my testimony,” she said.

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