Musician held for 10 days over death of soldier husband

A postmortem to be conducted on Wednesday; probe ongoing.

In Summary

• Police sought 15 days when they presented Asale before a Kiambu court but they were granted 10.

• This will enable police to conduct investigations into the incident.

Former KDF officer Daniel Onyango.
Former KDF officer Daniel Onyango.

Police will 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. 

A court allowed the police's request to hold Violet Asale to enable them to finalise investigations into the circumstances of Daniel Onyango's death.

Asale is a musician known with her stage name Zian Achama and songs 'Nimechoka', 'I Love You', 'Falling in Love' and 'Gimme Love'. 

Police sought 15 days when they presented Asale before a Kiambu court but they were reduced by five. A postmortem of the body will be held on Wednesday. 

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

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

"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," a police source told the Star.

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

Asale said Onyango bit her in the back. She bit him in the chest, shoulder and thumb.

Onyango had argued with Asale over a one-bedroom rental apartment in Kasarani, Nairobi. She had allegedly rented another room for her office and editing studio, neighbours said.

Police say 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. 

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

When he left the house after the scuffle, he began convulsing and his wife rushed him to Kahawa Garrison Health Centre where he died.

The couple had three children and police and witnesses said their last born, 4, saw the fight and Onyango's death.

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


(edited by o. owino)