Why Matiang’i’s bodyguard shot wife and committed suicide

Hudson Wakise, a General Service Officer (GSU) was the husband to Pauline Wakasa, a traffic officer attached to Kilimani Police Division

A bodyguard attached to Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Tuesday night shot his wife, also a police officer, eight times before turning the gun on himself.

The incident happened at Drive-In in Ruaraka, Nairobi, where their bodies were found in their sitting room, with the wife still in her uniform.

Their two children aged five and two and the house help survived the shooting.

Hudson Wakise, a General Service Officer (GSU), was the husband to Pauline Wakasa, a traffic officer attached to Kilimani Police Division.

Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai in a statement early Wednesday said the incident seemed “to have been a domestic altercation”.

It is reported they had argued over the decision by the wife to move out of the GSU camp. They moved to their new house in Ruaraka on Saturday.

Witnesses said Wakise arrived home at about 9pm and found his wife taking supper and an argument over her decision to move out arose.

He then left and went out to the balcony before walking back and shot the wife in the chest and hand.

He turned the gun on his head.

“PC Wasike was attached to VIP Protection at the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government while his wife was a traffic officer attached to Kilimani Police Station,” Mutyambai said in the statement.

Wakise was off duty since April 1 and reported back to work on April 6 but left at 3pm and went home outside the GSU camp in Ruaraka.

Matiang’I said he was deeply pained by “the tragic incident”.

He said the two officers were young and vibrant with brilliant futures.

“It’s a rude awakening to psychosocial challenges amongst some of our young officers that we have no choice but to now pay greater attention to. My sincere condolences to their families and friends,” he said via his social media accounts.

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