24 April 2019

Kenya: Man Stabs Friend Over Ten Shillings Debt

Police in Kakamega are holding a man from Shianda village, in Kakamega North Sub-County who stabbed his colleague over a Sh10 debt.

The 22-year-old man is reported to have armed himself with a kitchen knife and attacked Isaac Bonge, a Form One student at Ivakale secondary school stabbing him twice in the stomach over the Sh10.

Kakamega County police commander Wilkister Vera said the victim, who was admitted at the county teaching and referral hospital, was recuperating well after the vicious knife attack.

Ms Verah said the suspect who took plea two days ago is held at the Kabras police station as the police observes the condition of the victim.

"We requested that the suspect be held in police custody until the recovery report of the victim is availed to us from the hospital," said Ms Vera.

Witnesses who were left horrified by the attack said the attacker had asked Bonge to go and pick the Sh10 which he owed him at his parent's home but turned against him and stabbed him with the knife.

NEAR-DEATH

Bonge's mother Edith Musungu said her son went to collect the Sh10 he was owed by his friend but the incident ended up into his near-death ordeal.

"I was called by neighbors who asked me to rush to scene. When I arrived, I found my son lying in a pool of blood with his bowels pouring out. We rushed him to Malava sub-county hospital but he was transferred to the county teaching and referral hospital because his condition was worsening," said Mrs Musungu.

Mrs Musungu said the two young men grew up together as good friends and could not figure out what had forced the attacker to assault his friend.

"It is so unfortunate that a young man can think of turning against his friend and inflict serious bodily harm," said Ms Vera.

She said police in the county had identified Kakamega North, East and South as hotspots for frequent attacks among community members.

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