MOMBASA, KENYA. According to reports from a shocked congregation to the Mombasa Police Department, on Sunday a Kenyan pastor has thrust a pointed, and sharp weapon believed to be a knife into his wife during a church service and then slit his throat in a murder-suicide for changing ownership of the church.
An assistant pastor, Elijah Misiko who left a 17-page suicide note claim his wife, senior pastor Ann Mughoi was demanding the sole right to the church, Ground for God’s Gospel Church which, he said the couple founded, to her name alone. Since the dispute over the ownership of the church began, his wife had been trying to stay away from the husband.
“He walked up to his wife while the church was praying as if he wanted to whisper something to her,” Mombasa sub-county police commander Julius Kiragu said. “Then he took one of the knives and stabbed her (wife) two times. He believed she was dead. He then stabbed himself three times in the stomach and slit his throat.”
As the congregation watched, a Kenyan pastor stabbed his wife multiple times during a church service and slit his throat. Misiko died instantly from his stab wounds and Mughoi died at a local hospital a few hours later, police said.
The couple had been engaged in a long-running feud over the ownership and leadership of the church, Kiragu told CNN. In 2017, Misiko was detained by the police in Mombasa after his wife alleged he planned to kill her, Kiragu said. Misiko was released the following day after police said they found the accusations untrue, Kiragu said. The couple, which had four children, had lived apart since the dispute began two years ago, police said.
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