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Pupil stones uncle to death in wrangle over water



A 47-year-old teacher was on Sunday evening killed by his nephew following a fight over water in Shinyalu constituency, Kakamega County.

Maurice Khataka, a teacher at Ihondolo Primary School, died after being hit with a stone when he reportedly declined to allow his 16-year-old nephew fetch piped water from his home in Khayega location.

Area Chief Gerald Murunga said the duo quarrelled after Khataka stopped his nephew from fetching water in his homestead and destroyed his jerrican. “The deceased was at home when the suspect turned up and went straight to the water-point to fill his jerrican. But he (Khataka) told him not to fetch the water and instead leave his compound,” said the chief.

Chief added: “The boy did not heed the orders but continued filling his jerrican. This irked the teacher who went into his house to pick a machete that he used to cut the container into pieces.

The nephew felt offended, picked a stone and hit his uncle on the head,” he added Shinyalu police boss Robert Makau said the teacher was rushed to St Elizabeth Mukumu Mission Hospital where he was referred to Kakamega County Referral Hospital.

“The stone hit the deceased on the head and he was rushed to the hospital while bleeding profusely from the ear. He died while being attended to,” he said.

Makau said the victim, a Standard Six pupil at St Charles Shihuli Primary School in the locality, fled but has been arrested and is being held at Shisasari Police Station.

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He said the victim’s body was moved to Kakamega Funeral Parlour to await a post-mortem.

The police boss decried high number of criminal cases and appealed to residents to know how to manage anger and solve their differences.

“Hardly a day passes before serious crimes such as murder, assault, robbery with violence, rape and defilement are reported in Shinyalu. This is a major concern,” he said.


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