'Man of God' wanted for brutal murder of his wife in Dodoma

27May 2018
The Guardian Reporter
Guardian On Sunday
'Man of God' wanted for brutal murder of his wife in Dodoma
  • CRIME OF PASSION? Police suspect that a computer science lecturer at the sprawling university, who was stabbed multiple times in her neck, may have been murdered by her own husband in a jealous rage

A young female lecturer at the University of Dodoma (UDOM) was brutally murdered at her home on Friday night after being stabbed multiple times in her neck, with police suspecting that her runaway husband could have carried out the crime due to marital jealousy.

The 31-year-old Rose Mdenye, a popular computer science assistant lecturer at UDOM, was proclaimed dead on arrival at the Dodoma Referral Hospital on Friday at around 11:30pm.

Her husband, John Mwaisango, a pastor, is reportedly on the run and is being hunted by the police as the prime suspect in the murder that has shocked the entire UDOM community to its core.

"I can confirm the incident. We have launched an immediate investigation," Dodoma Regional Police Commander Gilles Muroto told journalists yesterday, declining to reveal further details.

Eye witnesses said Rose's slain body was discovered at around 8pm at her home on Friday, with the couple's unharmed one-and-a-half year old toddler sitting in a pool of blood.

The victim's husband has since gone missing after the incident and is not reachable on phone, according to family members.

Rose's sister, Evonia Mdenye, said the victim of the alleged fatal domestic violence was stabbed at least 13 times with a knife in the brutal attack.

Evonia said her sister and her husband had a history of frequent quarrels.

"They used to fight oftenly, with her husband accusing my sister of returning home late on many occasions," said Evonia.

Dr Adam Mwakalobo, Dean of the UDOM School of Business Studies and Economics, said Rose's death has sent shockwaves among thousands of university students and fellow staff members.

"Rose was an assistant lecturer and used to teach introduction to Information Technology and Computer Science to between 3,000 and 5,000 students taking various courses at our university," he said.

"She was a key member of the academic team at UDOM and was very popular with the students. Some students called when they heard about her death and couldn't stop crying."

A vividly shaken Dr Mwakalobo said Rose was a hard-working lecturer who will be missed by both students and fellow lecturers at UDOM.

Rose had a master's degree in computer science from UDOM and earned her bachelor's degree in the same subject from the University of Dar es Salaam.

Funeral arrangements are being made for the murdered lecturer, who is expected to be laid to rest at her home village in Njombe District.

The murder of the UDOM lecturer comes just a day after the discovery of the body of a 43-year-old nurse, Rosemary Magombora, who was allegedly murdered and buried by her husband near their home in Mkuranga District, Coast Region.

Police said Rosemary's husband had accused her of infecting him with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

The husband, who has been arrested by the police, initially reported his wife missing, before her body was discovered buried outside their house.