Kelvin Mugalla Ikatwa, 25, a university student and a footballer, was allegedly stabbed by Sheila Atema, 19, with a knife at her house in Kangemi Trench, Kenya, following a quarrel which started after Mugalla uploaded a picture of a different woman on his Facebook wall.
According to Nairobi News, it is believed the spat was over a photo of another female posted by the deceased on his Facebook page.
The Nairobi County Police Commander Japheth Koome, who confirmed the incident, “When the Police arrived, they found the man already dead and the woman was sitting next to the body of the deceased. He had been stabbed in the neck and the knife was also found at the scene.”
The body was deposited at the Chiromo Mortuary awaiting postmortem as the police conduct investigations. Koome said the suspect was due to be arraigned in court and will be charged with murder.
“The girl has been arrested and is in custody. She will go to court for the wrong she has committed,” Koome said.
She was arraigned before a Kibera court on Wednesday. The police asked the court to give them more time to complete investigations. They also told the court they intend to take her for mental examination.
In a press statement, the University of Nairobi’s Wazito Football Club, mourned him as a polished midfielder who was disciplined and committed player since joining the team from Tena FC in 2012.
“Kelvin held Wazito in his heart and gave his all for the betterment of the club and his professional growth,” the club added.
Head coach Francis Xavier, described Mugalla as a quality and professional footballer who had what it takes to play for the national team.
“This is a huge loss. We are depending on him to drive our midfield this season. I think he was on the verge of a breakthrough to a Kenyan Premier League team. In a season or two, he would have been Harambee Stars material,” Xavier said.
He further revealed that they got the shocking news just as they were preparing for training.
“A Kangemi United player who lives nearby called me to confirm the sad news. Everyone was in shock and we stopped the training.”
The club patron Solomon Alubala said: “He was not a temperamental person and when you see it getting to this point, then it must have been something very serious. We are saddened as a team but we will not say much because it is now in the hands of the police,” Alubala disclosed.
Family and friends of Kelvin Mugalla are meeting at his home in Kangemi for burial arrangements. Condolences to the family were also shared by Sports Commissioner Gordon Olioch.
“I advise the youth to seek advice on their social problems from older siblings, close relatives and religious leaders. In the worse case scenario you can quit the relationship”.
The girl has since been arrested.