13 December 2018

Kenya: How Jamal Gadafi Was Stabbed to Death in Machakos

A party, jealousy occasioned by deep-rooted mistrust, a heated argument and a single stabbing to the left side of the chest were what it took to end the life of actor Jamal Nassul Gadafi in the early hours of Wednesday.

The former Vioja Mahakamani 'judge', according to police, met his death after a quarrel with his alleged 'lover'.


The fight started after Mr Gaddafi asked the woman why she had been dancing with and accepting drinks bought by men who attended the party she organised at Arks Hotel in Mlolongo, Machakos County.

The two, who had been in the relationship for only nine months, retreated to a nearby butchery to resolve their differences but rather than reach a solution, the disagreement turned violent.

The woman is said to have picked a kitchen knife and stabbed the 39-year-old actor, resulting in the heavy bleeding that led to his death.

Athi River divisional police commander Sharma Wario confirmed the turn of events on Wednesday.

A Mlolongo Police Station officer who requested anonymity, said "according to our investigations, the man got jealous when he saw other men buying the woman beer. This led to an argument that turned tragic as the woman picked a knife from the kitchen and stabbed him."


The source said they received a phone call on the incident at about 2am.

They were informed that Mr Gaddafi had been stabbed and was being taken to Shalom Hospital by two men.

They are looking for the men as reports indicated that they took the body back to the crime scene after the victim was pronounced dead on arrival at Shalom.

"He was pronounced dead by a doctor while still in the passenger's seat of the suspects' vehicle, a Toyota Axio," the officer said.

The source claimed that after the two men abandoned the vehicle, the woman called her daughter who helped take the body to a mortuary in South C.

"We circulated the car's number plate. It was found in South C. It had run out of fuel so it was towed back to the station and the suspect arrested. We have her in our custody," the officer said, adding the knife was also confiscated.


The suspect will be taken for a mental exam and her file forwarded to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions before she is arraigned.

The officer said she told them that Mr Gaddafi was a jealous man and showed them a thread of messages they they had sent each other.

The woman, however, denied killing Mr Gaddafi and claimed he accidentally fell on the knife.

A friend of Mr Gaddafi's said the same and added that the relationship between the two had not been rosy and that they wrangled often.

The friend, who had been acting with Mr Gaddafi, said he and the woman had dated for about a year.

He said the actor got separated from his wife so his family knew of the woman but did not recognise her.

"It is just a case of love gone sour. The woman was married and had grown up children but was not divorced. They had been having problems over Jamal's lifestyle and how he related with other ladies," the actor said.


Mr Gaddafi acted in a number of local TV dramas, including KTN's "Junior" and NTV's "Auntie Boss".

A postmortem at Shalom revealed that the knife reached his heart.

"It was a single stabbing but it was so deep that it reached the heart of Mr Gaddafi. Such kinds of stabbings cause one to die after bleeding for 10 minutes or less," said the doctor who requested for anonymity.

The body was taken from Nairobi to Mombasa ahead of Mr Gaddafi's burial on Thursday.


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