For five years, married life had seemed full of contentment for a couple who were found shot dead in their house in Kiambu.
There was one problem: Johnathan Mukindi, 42, didn’t want children and Philomena Njeri, 30, became desperate for a family.
He never told her he was impotent. They even tried IVF. He knew it wouldn’t work. When she became pregnant, he knew she had a secret lover and he couldn’t live with the knowledge of betrayal.
Friends and neighbours were shocked on Tuesday when police discovered the two. They had been married for six years.
Mukundi worked with insurance companies and bought vehicles that had been written off. He sold the spare parts, a friend said.
The spare parts business was doing very well. It was being run by his wife Njeri.
He had moved to the Kirigiti area after building a large maisonette in 2014. He often held lavish parties attended by prominent people.
The maisonette on a large parcel of land extending to a stream is well secured with a heavy metal gate, security cameras and 12 German Shepherd dogs.
Close friends and workers in the home said the happy situation started deteriorating badly in the sixth year of their marriage.
They frequently argued, and sometimes it was heated. They argued about childlessness.
According to the police report, Mukundi, a licensed gun holder, shot his wife three times in the head before turning the gun on himself.
Those who spoke to the Star gave different versions of the story about their feuding.
While one said that Mukundi did not want any children as he already had two from his previous marriage, another said he confided to a close friend that he was unable to sire children.
“He has two children and an ex-wife who live outside the country, so he did not want any more children but Njeri wanted children very much,” neighbour Joseph Kamau said.
A close friend of the couple confirmed Mukundi has two children and a wife in Belgium. He also said that Njeri was pregnant but it was through in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
“The two met at a club sometime back and when Njeri couldn’t get pregnant, they went the IVF way,” he said, asking not to be named.
The friend said trouble started after Mukundi discovered that Njeri had an affair with one of her workers at a spare parts shop she ran in Mlolongo area.
“Mukundi had opened the shop for his wife who secretly opened another shop for her secret lover in the same area,” he said.
Another neighbour who did not want to be named said Mukundi was furious when he discovered his wife was pregnant. He never told her he couldn’t sire children.
“He called a friend in whom he had confided earlier. He told him Njeri was pregnant and he was not the father.
“He was so furious that he threatened to harm himself or his wife,” the neighbour said.