Police in Molo are holding a man suspected of killing his wife and three children before setting their house on fire at Kahuho village in Elburgon, Nakuru County.
Molo Sub County Deputy County Commissioner Josphat Mutisya said the bodies of Alice Njeri, 32, Francis Mwangi, 9, Lucy Nyambura, 6, and Samuel Kamau, 3, were burnt beyond recognition.
“We received the information on Friday night that a man had killed his entire family and burnt down their house in Kahuho village. Officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations visited the scene and found charred remains in the burnt house," said Mr Mutisya.
Speaking at the scene of the incident, the administrator called on residents to either share their problems with their neighbours or seek counselling from the relevant authorities instead of killing each other.
The suspect's sister, Jane Njoki, 35, said her brother loved his family.
"It is hard to believe what he has done, he loved his family and the wife loved him too," said Ms Njoki on Saturday.
Ms Njoki told Nation.Africa that she suspects her brother was secretly abusing drugs.
She said on Friday evening, the suspect called his mother, Lucy Nyambura who lived in Nakuru asking her for money to take his younger child to the hospital.
"My mother sent him Sh530 and later sent one of my cousins to make a follow up on the progress of the child. When my cousin arrived, he found the door locked from outside," said Ms Njoki.
Residents suspect the man killed his wife and children on Thursday before setting the house on fire on Friday night.
The suspect was saved from a mob that was baying for his blood. The bodies were moved to Elburgon Sub County Hospital mortuary.
The incident comes barely a year after another man killed his mother-in-law following a family dispute in the same village.