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Wife ‘hired assassins for Sh1.2 m to kill her tycoon husband’

A woman accused of conspiring to kill her husband over property worth millions of shillings was on Tuesday detained by police for 10 days.

Ms Rose Adhiambo and her house help, Ms Doris Akinyi, allegedly hired hitmen to kill Mr Polycarp Okumu alias Kamili at Beach Road estate in Mombasa.

Police Constable Dominic Kiptum told a Mombasa court that the two suspects and their accomplices conspired to kill Mr Ouma on diverse dates between October 20 and 26.


In a sworn affidavit, he claimed that Ms Adhiambo was found by her husband at Kenya Commercial Bank, Naivas branch in Nyali while withdrawing Sh1.2 million, which was to be used to pay the assassins.

Ms Rose Adhiambo wipes ber brow in court.  PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA
Ms Rose Adhiambo wipes her brow in court. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA

“Sources said the woman had hired people from Kisumu, who had arrived in Mombasa for the alleged mission,” he said.

Mr Kiptum said Ms Adhiambo was arrested at the bank while trying to contact the alleged killers to pick the money.

“It is also alleged that the woman had previously tried to poison her husband, but he miraculously survived,” he said.

Mr Kiptum claimed that the attempted murder must have resulted from the suspects’ efforts to inherit her husband’s property worth millions of shillings.

“Due to the gravity of the offence, I was unable to charge the suspects with the conspiracy to murder until further investigations are done,” said Mr Kiptum.


Resident Magistrate Viola Yator allowed an application for the two accused to be detained at Bamburi Police Station.

The two suspects, however, did not object to the application to enable police to complete their investigations.

The magistrate ordered that Mr Adhiambo and Ms Akinyi be detained at Bamburi Police Station until November 9, when the case will be mentioned.