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Man found defiling daughter’s body stoned to death by relatives

A 48-year-old man was stoned to death by his family members after he was found defiling the body of his daughter at his Kuresoi North home.

At the time of the incident, the man was leading family members in burial arrangements of the 11-year-old who had succumbed to a heart condition.

“His wife said she got suspicious when her husband kept sneaking into the room where his daughter’s body laid. She decided to follow him and found him in the act,” area chief Kuria Mburu said.

ALERTED DAUGHTERS

“She raised an alarm, alerting his five daughters and other relatives who beat him to death.”

One of the neighbours said she heard screams while working in her shamba about 500 metres away, but upon reaching the compound, the man’s lifeless body lay outside his house surrounded by the family.

His body was later taken to Molo Sub county mortuary.

Confirming the incident, deputy commissioner Baraza Wafula said police had started investigations into the matter.

“This is a police case. The law does not encourage people to kill others in the name of justice,” he added.

CLEANSING CEREMONY

The Nation was unable to reach his wife who had travelled to Kericho town in preparation of a cleansing ceremony.

According to the Kalenjin customs, a ritual has to be done by elders of the clan to cleanse the body of the man and his immediate family from evil spirits before burial.

The decision to conduct a burial ceremony is then left at the discretion of the family.

However, a source in the family who sought anonymity, revealed that the two would be buried on the same day but no burial ceremony will be done for the man.

“His body will be buried on Friday morning during the ritual, after which a memorial service and the normal funeral proceedings will be carried out for the girl.”