A Pastor in Kenya stabbed his wife to death and killed himself on the pulpit on Sunday, Jan 05, 2020, in a church the couple jointly built in the coastal city of Mombasa.
According to worshippers, a calm Pastor Elisha Misiko entered the church at 9 am and chose a seat on the pulpit near his wife, Ann Mghoi.
As members continued with the service, he suddenly rose from his seat as if to consult Ms Mghoi, but attacked her using the two knives he had hidden under his shirt.
Mr Misiko stabbed Ms Mghoi several times before the shocked worshippers intervened and rushed her to the Coast General Hospital, where she died while being treated.
It was while Ms Mghoi was being rescued that Mr Misiko took his own life by slitting his throat.
We learnt that the couple had been separated for the last few months and were fighting to take charge of the church. The pastor had accused his spouse, a mother of four, of plotting to edge him out of the church that he claimed to have founded.
Mr Misiko had threatened to kill Ms Mghoi a number of times, a claim as proven by a suicide note. “He claimed she had blocked him from seeing the children after they separated,” said Ms Tole, one of those who took Ms Mghoi to hospital.
One of the worshippers told the Nation, a Kenyan Newspaper that Mr Misiko and Ms Mghoi fought in their house just before the service.
“Today marks the first Sunday this year … this is sad. We had been struggling to resolve the issues the couple had.”
A Police Report said the woman was stabbed in the back, hand and stomach. The report added that Mr Misiko had planned the incident for some time, as detailed in the suicide note in which he accused his wife of belittling him.
“The two reported their family wrangles at our stations a number of times. The matter is still under investigation but we can reveal that the two had marital disputes for months,” The Officer said.
“In the notes, the husband claimed the wife barred him from meeting his four children and was also not involving him in management of the church despite having funded it through a loan, which he was still servicing.
“A number of people have recorded statements. We can confirm the incident was due to the wife trying to edge the husband out of the church, which he struggled to build,” he added.
The Church Ground for God’s Gospel Ministries was started about eight years ago and gained a large following to the level of rivalling more established churches in the county.
But it began to lose its large following due to constant family wrangles. When tragedy struck on Sunday, it had less than 100 worshippers.
Pastor Dennis Siria of Southern Presbyterian Church said they had tried in vain to reconcile the couple.
“This would have been avoided if the two had heeded our call for reconciliation,” said the pastor, who claimed he nurtured the couple into the ministry.
Source: Daily Nation