A woman who allegedly attacked her two sons with a machete in Murang’a County on December 23, 2023, had complained of being overwhelmed by the high cost of living.
After being believed to have carried out the attack, leaving the two boys aged two and five in critical condition, the mother disappeared.
Despite President William Ruto urging Kenyans to be patriotic and not complain recklessly, neighbors of the woman said that she had been grappling with stress, but they did not expect things to escalate to such a tragic incident.
When police arrived at the woman’s home, they instructed that the critically injured children be taken to Kenol Hospital and later transferred to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) for emergency treatment.
However, despite neighbors claiming that the mother had jumped into a water well on their property, criminal investigation officers (DCI) sealed it off.
“They were told it would be dangerous to enter the 50-foot-deep well. They said they would return after the holiday season to check if she had surfaced,” said Mr. David Njau from the family.
According to Deputy Commissioner of South Murang’a, Mr. Gitonga Murungi, the incident is under investigation by the DCI.
“It is very saddening news for us as locals because the mother, who is currently the main suspect but has not been found, succumbed to what kind of demons that, as we believe, led her to commit the act of attacking her children and then disappearing,” he said.
Mr. Murungi mentioned that the children are in critical condition, “but only God knows what their future holds.”
Special MP Sabina Chege lamented, “This devil of violence who has set up camp in Murang’a County should be condemned to leave and cease causing us enough grief.”
Sabina cried out that “these days it’s one case of violence after another in Murang’a, and this situation needs to stop now.”
Neighbors told Taifa Leo that suspicion about the whereabouts of the mother arose around 5 o’clock, and after visiting her home to check on her and the children, the boys were found inside the house lying on the floor with head injuries and a machete lying beside them.
“Panic spread, and a search for suspects was initiated, revealing that the mother was not at home. A further search was conducted, and it was suspected that she had jumped into the nearby well,” said Ms. Nancy Wangu, a neighbor.
She mentioned that the chief and Nyumba Kumi elders were called to the scene, and after the police were also called, the decision to seal off the well without confirming if she was inside was agreed upon.