Villagers clash with police as they protest teenager's fatal stabbing

Protesting mourners

Mourners from Shisiru village in Lurambi Constituency with the coffin bearing the remains of a 19-year-old who was stabbed to death in Emukaya village in the neighbouring Navakholo Sub-county. The protesting mourners burnt down more than 15 houses and destroyed crops in the farms.

Photo credit: Shaban Makokha | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The teenager was fatally stabbed while attending an overnight vigil dance.
  • The mourners carried the coffin bearing the remains of the teenager to the suspect's home.

Police in Navakholo Sub-county, Kakamega County on Friday clashed with angry mourners who were protesting the killing of a teenager during an overnight vigil dance, locally known as disco matanga.

The mourners carried the coffin bearing the body of Kelvin Mutenyo, 19, from Shisiru village in Lurambi Constituency to Emukaya Village in Navakholo, covering about four kilometers, to the home of his suspected killers.

The late Mutenyo had attended the overnight vigil at Eburenga village in Navakholo where he reportedly picked a quarrel with other youths over a girl. The confrontation got physical, leading to his death. 

The deceased teenager's body had several stab wounds. 

The irate villagers from where the deceased hailed stormed the homes of the suspects' families burning down 15 houses.

They also destroyed crops in the farms as they bayed for the blood of the teen's suspected killers.

“We are doing this as a way of cleansing this home from the spirits of Mutenyo who was killed by a boy from this family. We want this family to start life afresh, we must commit to the traditions of the Wanga community,” the mourners shouted as they caused havoc in one homestead. 

Protesting mourners

Mourners from Shisiru village in Lurambi Constituency with the coffin bearing the remains of a 19-year-old who was stabbed to death in Emukaya village in the neighbouring Navakholo Sub-county. The protesting mourners burnt down more than 15 houses and destroyed crops in the farms.

Photo credit: Shaban Makokha | Nation Media Group

Protesting mourners

The protesting mourners also accused the police of failing to arrest the suspects even after the family of the deceased reported the incident and recorded statements at Shiongo Police Base. 

“We want the suspects arrested so that we get justice for the killing of our brother,” one mourner lamented.

Efforts by the police to disperse the mourners was met with resistance as the protestors pelted the officers with stones. 

Navakholo police commander Jacob Chelimo said police have commenced investigations on the murder. 

He said the suspects and their family members fled for fear of possible retaliation from the family of the deceased. 

“We are yet to make any arrests in connection with the murder because the suspects and their family members are at large," said Mr Chelimo.

"We have launched a manhunt for the suspects and we shall not rest until they are arrested," he said.

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