Four killed in clashes over widow’s murder in Thika

Written By: Kevin Wachira
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Four people were killed while two others were left nursing serious injuries after clashes erupted following the murder of a widow by unknown people in Tora Estate in Juja Sub-County.

A group of five Maasai herders is said to have driven their cattle into a farm belonging to Jacinta Wangari who they reportedly attacked and killed when she tried confronting them.

Trouble began at around 5am Sunday morning when the herders cut through a farm fence belonging to Jacinta Wangari and drove their cattle to graze on her maize plantation.

When Jacinta and her two sons demanded an explanation from the herders, an argument ensued prompting one of them to allegedly cut the mother on the forehead using a sword.

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Her sons raised alarm to alert the neighbours who are said to have responded almost immediately

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The injured mother was rushed to a private hospital in Thika before she was referred to Thika Level 5 Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

The news of her death elicited anger among the locals who mobilized themselves and indiscriminately assaulted any person of Maasai origin they found in the fields.

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This led to five herders being seriously injured by the mob, three of them succumbing to their injuries while being attended to at the Thika Level 5 Hospital.

It took the intervention of the area security personnel led by Kiambu Police Commander Adiel Nyange to quell the ensuing confrontation, with the police warning juja residents against engaging in inter-community conflict.

The juja police boss also want the maasai elders to compensate the family of the elderly woman who was killed.

Thika Town Member of Parliament Patrick Wainaina called for mutual respect among the two groups saying that it was prudent they co-exist as they had done over the years.

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Residents who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal accused the herders of deliberately grazing into people’s fields and threatening the owners of attacks whenever they are confronted.

In response, Senior Chief Simon Ole Parsapayat of Keekonyokie Central Location in Kajiado West Sub-County apologized to the residents, terming the incident an isolated one considering the fact that they had co-existed for the last four years.

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