Death by miraa

January 7, 2009 12:00 am

, MERU, Kenya, Jan 7 – A man has been stabbed to death in Igembe North for refusing to share some twigs of miraa (khat) on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old man was stabbed six times on the neck and thigh after denying his assailant a bunch of freshly picked miraa twigs.

According to witnesses, the deceased had been hired by a dealer to pluck the miraa from a plantation at Nkamathi village in Mutuati division, when the assailant came and snatched one bunch by force, sparking an argument.

It was after the deceased tried to reclaim the miraa that the assailant ran to his house and came out armed with a sword which he used to stab the victim. He was then rushed to the Maua Methodist Hospital but died on the way.

Confirming the incident, Meru North deputy police boss Hesbon Kadenge said the assailant had escaped after the incident and a man-hunt to nab him was on.

In other tragic news, one passenger died early Wednesday morning and 11 others were seriously injured when a matatu they were travelling in rolled several times and landed in a ditch along the Maua-Kinna road.

The accident occurred after the driver lost control over the vehicle following a rear tyre burst. 

Meru North deputy police boss Hesbon Kadenge said six passengers suffered minor injuries and were treated at the same mission hospital and discharged.

Police have towed the mangled matatu to the Maua police station yard.

Elsewhere, a suspected criminal has been killed in Nyamira district by irate members of the public, who beat him to death using crude weapons.

Nyanza deputy police boss Larry Kieng says the 35-year-old suspect, believed to be behind a spate of crimes in the district was confronted by a group of angry residents, who accused him of being involved in the murder of a cyclist in the area two days ago.
Four suspects, believed to be his accomplices have been arrested and detained.


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