Man kills mom for being broke

May 11, 2009 12:00 am

, NYAHURURU, Kenya, May 11 – A man stabbed his mother to death in a village in Nyahururu on Sunday after she said she could not afford to take him to the college he wanted.

James Wachira, 25, stabbed his 45-year-old mother several times on the head after she ‘appeared reluctant’ to have him enrolled in one of the colleges in Nyahururu, according to the police.

Nyahururu police boss Charles Wasike said that Mr Wachira was later beaten to death by angry neighbours in Kibathi village.

“Trouble started when James, who finished his secondary school education last year, demanded to be taken to a college in Nyahururu. The incident took place at about 7pm,” he said.

Mr Wasike told journalists on Monday that the mother, who was an employee of the Nyahururu Law Courts, asked her son to give her time to save the money, but he would have none of it.

“He claimed that his mother, Hildah Wambui, was denying him his right to education,” said the police boss.

Mr Wasike narrated that the neighbours got curious about the commotion and decided to intervene, and that is when they beat the man to death.

The bodies of the two deceased have been moved to the Nyahururu District Hospital mortuary as police launched investigations into the incident.

Meanwhile, a casual labourer has been arraigned in court for allegedly stealing a rifle from a security guard’s house at the farm of former Laikipia West Member of Parliament G.G Kariuki.

Robert Bartasa Eruman, who once worked at Mr Kariuki’s home, was charged on Monday with breaking into a house and stealing a shotgun assigned to a security guard.

He denied committing the offence on May 4 when he appeared before Nyahururu District Magistrate Daniel Kilonzo.

Mr Eruman, who was not represented, was remanded in custody at the Nyahururu GK Prison until July 15 when the case will be heard.

The accused was said to be in the company of another man on that material day when angry members of public spotted them, beat them up and recovered the firearm.

Mr Eruman’s accomplice was killed but he managed to escape and was later apprehended by police officers.

Laikipia West Divisional Police Commander Paul Kariuki said that the firearm had been allocated to the security guard by the ex-minister’s wife, for use in sentry duties during the night.


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