Musician detained over death of KDF husband

Musician detained over death of KDF husband

In Summary

•The widow, Violet Asale, was produced before a Kiambu court Tuesday when police made a miscellaneous application to detain her as they conduct the probe into the death.

•Asale is a musician who goes by the name Zian Achama.

KDF officer Daniel Onyango.
KDF officer Daniel Onyango.
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A court allowed police to detain for 10 days, the widow of a Kenya Defence Forces private who died during a violent argument at their residence in Kahawa Wendani, Kiambu county.

This will enable police to conduct investigations into the incident.

It will also enable agencies to conduct an autopsy on the body of Daniel Onyango on Wednesday to establish how he died.

The widow, Violet Asale, was produced before a Kiambu court Tuesday when police made a miscellaneous application to detain her as they conduct the probe into the death.

Asale is a musician who goes by the name Zian Achama.

Some of her songs include 'Nimechoka', 'I Love You', 'Falling in Love' and 'Gimme Love'.

The court reduced the requested days from 15 to 10.

Asale has told police her husband had trouble breathing and she did not bite him to death, as has been reported.

She added he hurt himself in the house as they argued on Saturday at around midnight.

She told police her husband walked out of their room after the argument, saying he could not breathe.

"The woman says she did not use any weapon. She claims the man tried to strangle her before she fought back and ran out of their bedroom," an  officer aware of the probe told the Star.

"Moments later the man walked out complaining of inability to breathe. But we will know more," he added.

She said Onyango bit her in the back, prompting her to  bite him.

She bit him in the chest, shoulder and thumb.

Onyango had argued with Asale over a one-bedroom rental apartment in Kasarani, Nairobi.

She rented another room for her office and music editing, neighbours said.

Police say preliminary investigations show the soldier and Asale had a bitter exchange when he demanded to know who was paying rent for the room.

He had not been told about the studio, prompting suspicion and questions.

Onyango showed up at their house in Kahawa Wendani on Saturday night and refused to take his supper.

They argued.

The couple had three children and police and witnesses said their last born, a four-year-old, witnessed the fight and Onyango's death.

It was not clear whether the bite or bites to the chest could be life-threatening.

Onyango went into convulsions and his wife rushed him to Kahawa Garrison Health Center but he was pronounced dead.

Neighbours at the Makiwanga area said Onyango looked distressed and late at night there was a commotion and screams were heard

.Onyango served in Somalia under Amisom. He was attached to the Ranger Strike Force.