Police in Kirinyaga County are investigating the brutal murder of a local female athlete.
27-year-old Edith Muthoni was found bleeding profusely in her home at Kianjege village in Kirinyaga County on Wednesday. She had visible stab wounds on the neck.
Neighbors rushed her to Kerugoya Referral Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
It is alleged that Muthoni was hacked with a sharp object by her boyfriend Kennedy Nyamu Chomba following an altercation.
Chomba, who is the prime suspect, was arrested from his hideout in Kirinyaga. A Kerugoya court allowed police to hold him for 10 days to enable them to conclude their investigation.
Muthoni, a Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officer based in Embu, participated in athletics events in the region and had dreams of representing Kenya at the international level.
Athletics Kenya official David Miano said the deceased was a promising athlete, who participated in 400 and 800-meter events.
“She was a middle-distance runner for the past four years and I was shocked when I learned of her demise,” said Miano.
The incident happened on the same day Kenyan double world Championships medallist Agnes Tirop was discovered dead in her home in Iten, Elgeyo-Marakwet country with stab wounds.
Tirop’s husband Ibrahim Rotich, who is the prime suspect, was arrested on Thursday night in Mombasa trying to flee to a neighboring country. He is set to face murder charges.