Terming it bizarre would be an understatement, but on Sunday evening, villagers of Eshirembe village in Butere, Kakamega county burst into celebration after an elderly man hacked his middle-aged son to death.
They were swift to explain their bizarre reaction, terming it good riddance to 38-year-old man who has terrorized them for some time now.
They narrated that they would be mourning the death of John Makokha, 78, who narrowly escaped his son’s murderous rage, had he not seized the panga from him.
Father and son had quarreled on Sunday evening over the latter’s habit of stealing and selling the family’s maize.
“When the father inquired from him in the evening, he, as usual turned against him in a murderous rage but fortunately, the father managed to snatch the panga and hacked him to death,” narrated 82-year old Jared Nandwa, a close neighbor.
The deceased, Habil Amunza, was described by villagers as a notorious thief who has been stealing, robbing, maiming and killing people at will.
“They have been leading a quarrelsome life and we were afraid that the son would kill his father like he has been killing people around this village. Fortunately, it is the father who hacked him to death. God is Great!” exclaimed Mr Nandwa who claimed that his second born son was killed by the deceased nine years ago.
“He was the same age with my son and they used to play together as they grew up. But Amunza took a different life that has left the village in tears. He hit my son, Alubokha, with a stool and killed him instantly. He was arrested and released under unclear circumstances four months later,” explained Mr Nandwa.
Mr William Wambani, also a neighbour, said the deceased was a notorious thief who has been waylaying people along the Butere-Masaba-Sidindi road and robbing them of their valuables.
“He has been a very bad person – a serial killer, robber and remained a nuisance to the community. His death is a reprieve in the area,” said Mr Wambani.
In Luhyaland, immediately a death occurs, people gather in the deceased’s home and keep vigil until a few days after burial. But this wasn’t the case at Mr Makokha’s compound following the Sunday incident.
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