A 55 year old Kenyan living in Belgium Mr James Ololo killed his wife Elizabeth Wafula on Wednesday.
According to Belgian newspaper HLN, James Ololo drove to his wife’s residence to try to beg her to stop the court process which was ongoing and orders which were issued that she leave the lady alone after the lady applied for separation before the final divorce proceedings.
James Ololo refused to leave the home and ended up engaging in a fight with her.
In fit of rage, he stabbed her multiple times and called on neighbours to call the police who arrived and took him into custody.
James Ololo is known among the vocal online communities as a staunch supporter of the change movement, he is an avid follower of happenings back home. He is somewhat too passionate, aggressive and ‘always right’.
Neighbours told the HLN publication that James Ololo is known to engage in frequent fights with the deceased and that was contributed mostly by alcohol and infidelity. Neighbours of Elizabeth are convinced that that decision by the judge to bar Ololo from her home made him lose hope and may have suffered psychological problems given that Elizabeth was the sole breadwinner.
According to the prosecutor in charge of the region, James Ololo grabbed a knife when the quarrel escalated and he stabbed Wafula several times.
“The victim ultimately succumbed to her injuries,” the prosecutor said.
Ololo with the help of his wife Elizabeth founded an a not for profit organisation Kenya Experts Community a few years ago to help Kenyans coming to Belgium to establish businesses, the company never picked-up but James always masqueraded as representative to the EU
Elizabeth Wafula worked for the Belgium foreign ministry and later moved to another UN-EU body as a local staff and was a member of the Association of Kenyan Diaspora in Belgium and Luxembourg and embraced charity, such as the Children’s Perfect Hope Foundation.
Elizabeth is said to have moved in with James about 8 years ago after they met at a diaspora event, both were at the time separated from their respective marriages, its said that Elizabeth’s children never approved of the relationship with Ololo whom they felt was taking advantage of their mum.
Despite is display of living big, Ololo never had a stable job, even with all the opportunities he was unable to keep a job for more than 6months. Elizabeth really supported James.
Behind the closed doors, she was suffering. She was a victim of serious domestic abuse.
According to friends of Elizabeth, she had tried to leave James for two years but the man became increasingly aggressive forcing her to drive to the police twice to report that she was being attacked. Attacks on Elizabeth worsened when James Ololo drunk and he once even destroyed his own car after drinking one-too-many.
Ololo was given another three months to spontaneously leave her home. But he just did not even abide by the court orders. So the judge ordered that he vacate the home within 24 hours, Ololo could not imagine himself living in the streets for he had nowhere to go to with no income, this may have angered him leading him into committing the heinous act. Prosecutor is a waiting mental examination report before formally charging him with murder but will most likely be found guilty of manslaughter.