46-year-old John Mutinda on Saturday plunged into the Indian Ocean at the Likoni Channel and his family has now revealed that he had a troubled marriage.
Speaking during an interview with a local TV station, the family’s spokesperson Carol Paul stated that the deceased had previously attempted to take his life citing problems at home.
She alleged that Mutinda often had conflict with his wife Ruth Mueni and was at one point scalded with hot water on his chest after a quarrel.
“Mutinda was of sound mind and as a family, we are convinced that he had a lot of problems at home,” said Carol.
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Earlier Mueni refuted claims that her late husband had mental illness, saying prior to the accident, Mutinda had a bad dream.
“On Saturday, a few minutes to 4am, I was woken up by my husband’s strange screams. He was shouting: ‘Siji, siji [I am not coming, I am not coming]!’
“I moved closer to him and realised he was dreaming. I shook him in order to wake him up from the bad dream. He, however, did not wake up immediately,” she said.
Mueni then asked about the details of the dream and her husband revealed that he had been ordered by his late father to meet him at a well in Kitui.
“After a few minutes, his screams faded, and he woke up by himself. He, thereafter, told me that — in his dream –, his late father, who died in 2012, had ordered him to go to a well in Kitui Central, where they would meet.
“I asked him to join me in prayers, but he declined, saying his father wanted to see him urgently, and that he couldn’t waste another minute in the house,” she narrated.