In Masinga, Machakos, a 25–year–old man murdered his 70–year–old father over personal squabbles. The suspect, on the other hand, has gone into hiding since the Saturday event.
Rashid Mohammed, the sub-county police commander in Masinga, said the specific cause for the crime was unknown, but he suspected it was domestic.
According to Mohammed, who spoke to the Star on Sunday, the two may have clashed over a family land problem. The deceased’s body was sent to Mbaku funeral home in Matuu town for a postmortem examination. Mohammed stated that they have yet to apprehend the suspect, who fled the scene of the murder.
“The suspect is still at large, we have launched a manhunt and we will soon bring him to book. We have however recovered the weapons used,” Mohammed said.
“The weapons are a knife and a machete.”
Some independent sources said the suspect who resurfaced three months ago had sold his father’s cow without consent leading to the quarrel between the two, that resulted in the man’s death. Murder and suicide incidences have been on the rise in Machakos.
On December 28, a 38–year–old man and his father were arrested in connection with their kin’s death in Yatta, Machakos.
Yatta sub-county Criminal Investigations Officer ASP Bernard Rono said the two were arrested in connection with the death of the man’s brother.
The man allegedly slit his younger brother’s throat.
On December 7, a man allegedly killed his wife before committing suicide in Mitaboni.
Mwango Nzioka, 30, a boda boda operator, was suspected to have strangled Mercy Gichuhi, 25, a local bar attendant to death under unclear circumstances.
Nzioka’s father Peter Kaloki said he realised that both his son and Gichuhi were dead at around 1 pm. Their bodies lay at his son’s two-roomed house in Nzoweni village until 6.20 pm when police arrived to process the scene. Nzioka’s body was hanging from the rafter while the woman’s body lay on the bed with a cloth around the neck.
Police interrogated the man’s father and a few residents before they picked the bodies. Machakos county commissioner John Ondego warned the residents against killing others alongside committing suicides. He appealed to those distressed to seek available solutions from close relatives, friends and authorities when things get out of control.
“Problems and differences always arise. Let’s look for guidance on how to solve the problems from local provincial administration, clergy, professional counsellors or elders,” he said.
Ondego said nobody had a right to kill another person.
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