Kenya 15s and Nakuru RFC flanker Mike Okombe has passed away.
Okombe said to have been stabbed to death on Saturday, November 4, 2017.
Rongai OCPD Japhet Kioko said: “Mr Okombe and his lover, Ms MaryAnne Mumbi, were attending a birthday party of their friend, a Mr Okoth.
“The two had an argument before Ms Mumbi went for a knife, which she used to stab Mr Okombe to death,” Mr Kioko said.
He said the woman fled after the incident and is being pursued by police.
A statement from Nakuru RFC said “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing on of one of our own, Mike Okombe today. Kindly keep the family and the entire Nakuru rugby fraternity in your prayers during these trying times.”
The Nakuru RFC backrower had moved to Kabras sugar and was awaiting official clearance from the Kenya Rugby Union ahead of the 2017/18 Kenya Cup season.
Okombe was part of the national 15s side until his demise.
On Monday, Top Fry Nakuru RFC released a statement regarding the sudden passing of Okombe saying “as we mourn we would like to state the following”
“Mike Okombe had come for an official meeting with Top Fry Nakuru management regarding finalization of his transfer to Kabras Sugar. A successful meeting was held between him and Nakuru RFC reps on that Friday, November 3, 2017, evening”
“On Saturday, Nakuru RFC management received news that Okombe had been rushed to Valley hospital Nakuru in a critical condition. After receiving the news management, players and some members of the coaching staff rushed to the hospital to ascertain Mike’s condition”
“After getting to the hospital the people who had rushed there were informed by the hospital management that Mike had succumbed and passed on due to some serious injuries caused by a stub on his chest”
Nakuru RFC further asks members of the public to stop speculating as to the cause of Okombe’s death.
“This matter is being handled by police and other relevant authorities. Anyone with information regarding the incident should report to the nearest police station to help to the speedy conclusion of the matter,” added the statement from club chairman Mwangi Muchemi.