Three houses in Mautuma Ward, Lugari, were reduced to ashes by an irate mob protesting the gruesome murder of a 22-year-old man in the hands of an armed gang.
Rolex Sagwa, the deceased, is said to have been stabbed to death after the gang started beating him and his friend Edwin Jumba near Mlimani Junction while they were heading home on Thursday evening.
“We were dropped by a boda boda at Mlimani Junction where we bought chips and decided to eat as we walk back home. However, a few meters from the junction, we banged into a group of three men who were armed with clubs and knives, they attacked us without any reason,” Jumba said.
He said his friend slipped and fell as they were fleeing the attack, only for the thugs to land on him with clubs before producing a knife and stabbing him mercilessly on the neck, killing him instantly.
Sagwa’s father Kevovwe Ombuge said his son was out to get medicine for his ailing mother.
“An hour later, I was shocked to get news that my son had been attacked and murdered by a group of three people. They were armed with crude weapons. They stabbed him with a knife on the neck, “he noted.
Residents led by Harun Mburu have lamented about the rising cases of insecurity perpetrated by youths in the area.
“Youths should stop using drugs and taking the law into their own hands. When a dispute arises, you need to seek guidance and counseling instead of resorting to killing or fighting,” he said.
Residents of Khayanga Village in Kongoni Location, Likuyani, are still coming to terms in the manner in which a 23-year-old man took his own life early this week.
Walter Tonje threw himself in a 40 ft deep well after allegedly quarreling with friends he shares a room with.
“We were sleeping at night when Tonje woke up and started strangling us. We overwhelmed him and he ran from the house shouting before jumping into the well,” said Wafula.
A neighbor, Stella Asiko says she was woken up around 11pm by someone shouting ‘I’m being killed!’
“I left the house to check and found Tonje crying inside the well. He said that he decided to commit suicide because his father had refused to enroll their young brother to Maseno University where he had been placed after performing well in the 2020 KCSE examinations. We tried rescuing him but it was too late,” Asiko said.
A local administrator Mr. Edward Obaga, decried the rising number of suicide cases.
“Cases of people killing themselves are on the rise with at least three cases being reported weekly. Let’s not take life for granted but look for amicable ways in solving disputes,” he said.
The local administrator advised residents to embrace dialogue in resolving domestic wrangles.
A family in Munyuki Sub-location in Lumakanda Ward, Lugari, is still coming to terms on the manner in which their Grade Four girl at Springs of Hope Academy was defiled and murdered on her way from school.
Esther Ayuma, 11, was going back home on Thursday evening in the company of three other students before they parted at a T-junction, leaving the little girl on her own.
“We waited for the girl until 6.00pm before we suspected there was something amiss. Her mother thought she had gone to her grandma’s, her father doubted it. They phoned the grandmother only to be told that she hadn’t turned up there,” her aunt Zelder Kadenge told Lugari Daily.
The family called the school. They were told the girl had attended the regular learning and left with other students towards home.
The school patron Ms Nancy Indusa declined commenting on the matter. She said the incident happened outside school and she couldn’t speak about it.
What was at the crime scene?
Ms Kadenge said the girl’s body was found Friday morning lying lifeless at the path the minor uses between home and school, before the police and DCI visited the scene and carried it away.
“Her neck was tightly tied with her sweater. Her nose and mouth were frothing,” she said, adding that the girl could have undergone physical torture.
She added that it was discovered she didn’t have her underclothe on when her father demanded for her body to be uncovered at the mortuary.
“It was also discovered her private parts were swollen, indicating that she could have been raped severally,” she said.
Ms Kadenge says the family doesn’t link the crime to any particular person. She believes that it could have been done by some untamed person.
What picture draws from the crime scene?
Pictures from the crime scene seen by Lugari Daily showed the minor lying dead and her mouth and nose frothing. Her school bag was lying beside her head. She had her socks with one shoe on, her dress pulled up abit and her head covered by a blue clothing.
On her chest was a note written on her book and reading: “Pole kwa wazazi wa Ayuma. Nimemuua kwa sababu ulinikataa tufanye mapenzi na wewe. Ndio maana nimekutia machungu zaidi next ni mengine chunga sana… (Condolences to the parents of Ayuma. I have killed her because you refused we have sex. That is why I have decided to painfully hurt you…It is going to happen again to someone else be careful…).”
What is being done about this?
Lugari MP Ayub Savula, while commenting on the incident, said he was going to summon the relevant authorities for swift action.
The leader noted the rising insecurity in the region and said he would work on it.
Ms Kadenge said a post mortem is underway to ascertain the nature of Ayuma’s death.