12 November 2012

Kenya: Dad Kills His Four Children After Quarrel With Wife

A man went berserk and killed his four children at Egesa village in the outskirts of Kisii town on Saturday night. Misati Nyagwenchi killed the children aged between four and eight years after a domestic quarrel.

The children were identified as Brian Misati 8, Robert Toto 6, Cythia Moraa and Mogotu Mun 3. Speaking to the Star, Nyangwechi's wife Hellen Kemunto said they have had quarrels in their 10-year marriage but never knew their arguments would up in tragedy.

"I did not know that the quarrels will one day lead my husband to kill our two sons and daughters. I did not know his intention for chasing me away," Kemunto said tears rolling down her cheeks.

She said that after killing the children, her husband called a neighbour and told her that he had killed the four children. "I did not believe it when I received information that my husband had butchered our four children," she added.

A neighbour Magadeline Nyaboke said Nyangwenchi who has since gone into hiding, killed the children by stabbing them in their necks.

"The body of the eldest daughter was discovered on the door step, while the rest of the bodies were found in a plantation nearby," Nyaboke said.

Kemunto's brother Thomas Ogari said he received information that his in-law had killed his nephews and nieces as he delivered milk at Bobaracho.

"My sister used to tell me of their quarrels but I never thought it will end this way," Ogari said. Kemunto has since recorded a statement with the police. The bodies of the children were taken to Kisii Level-5 Hospital mortuary.

Nyangwechi had been evicted from his home in Nyanguru in Kiogoro division over his alleged involvement in criminal activities. A community policing member Stephen Onsare said that at one time they saved Kemunto and her children after the man locked them in the house and threatened to set it ablaze.

He said that the man has since been charged and in court for his involvement in crime in many parts of Kisii and its neghbouring districts. Police are hunting for the man who went into hiding after he committed the offense.

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