Police in Murang'a county are holding a woman accused of killing her husband.

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The accused allegedly hacked the man to death using a machete at their home in Good Samaritan village in Gatanga constituency on Saturday morning.

According to the police, she then burnt the body and attempted to bury the remains outside their house, in what is believed to be as a result of domestic wrangles.

Muranga County Police Commander Josphat Kinyua confirmed the incident and arrest, adding that the woman was nabbed alongside her three daughters as investigations begin.

The brother of the deceased James Ndirangu said that he was the first witness, after being attracted to his brother's homestead by a huge flame that was burning.

“I had just woken up when I saw huge flames at my brother’s home. I approached and found his wife digging a hole and she told me she was burning old rugs," he told the Nation.

However, he added, he became suspicious and pretended to be leaving, only to see the woman dragging the body to a hole.

He said that he decided to alert the neighbours.

“I was not satisfied with the answer and pretended to go back to my house. I looked back and saw her dragging a body," added Ndirangu.

He said that the locals discovered the partially born body of the deceased, after which the police were called in.