An angry mob in Kisii County has lynched a man who was accused of raping and then killing his mother. The man had been pressuring his mother to sell the family land and give him the money to buy bhang and local brew. When the mother refused to obey her son’s demands to sell the family farm, the man raped and then strangled the mother to death.
The incidence happened in Mogonga Township in Kisii County on Sunday evening. James Muma, 22, is alleged to have killed his mother on Saturday in Bokimonge village, Kenyenya Sub-County over a land dispute.
Kenyenya Sub-County Police Commander Philip Oyugi said the suspect had been at large until Sunday when he was spotted by locals. The villagers then attacked the suspect with crude weapons (rungus and pangas) hence seriously injuring the young offender.
However, police from the Kenyenya police station had already arrived in the area to arrest the suspect hence chased the mob away and then arrested the killer. The police rushed the suspect to a local hospital for treatment, but unfortunately, he succumbed from his injuries he sustained at the hands of the angry villagers.
“He died while receiving treatment at a nearby hospital,” said Philip Oyugi who is the Kenyenya Sub-County Police Commander.
Martha Nyanchera, a sister of the suspect, said his brother has been threatening to kill their mother if she did not sell their land and give him money to purchase a motorbike. She said that their mother considered it imprudent to sell the family farm as their brother was demanding.
She therefore declined to cave-in to the demands and hence triggering their brother’s rage towards their parent.
“On the fateful day, the suspect, who is a known bhang smoker and chang’aa consumer, vowed to teach our mother a lesson,” said Ms Nyanchera.
She added, “My brother went ahead to strangle my mother with a wire and ran away from home, telling people he met along the way that he had killed our mother and that they could go and witness it for themselves.”