Burial date for elderly Kisii woman lynched over witchcraft claims set as son appeals for justice

By , K24 Digital
On Sun, 24 Oct, 2021 12:33 | 2 mins read

Sabina Sindege Mayaka, an elderly woman, who was lynched a week ago over an allegation of witchcraft, will be buried on Thursday this week at Nyagonyi village, Marani sub County in Kisii county, a family member has said

Consequently, her son, Christopher Bosire has appealed to the government to ensure suspects who killed his widowed mother, 88, are arrested and prosecuted for the family to get justice, adding it would also deter others intent to commit such crimes.

He said the sudden death of her mother has devastated the family, stressing her mother, killed in cold blood, was innocent and was not involved in the alleged night walking of a secondary school student at a local secondary scjool.

Speaking at Nyagonyi playground in Marani Sub County after Kisii County Commissioner Allan Macharia held a public meeting in the area on Friday, he said the brutal killing of his mother has created fear in the family.

“We are scared because we do not know whether the assailants will invade our homes again and attack us,” Bosire told People Daily Digital, adding the autopsy was done on Thursday and the family was yet to get the report.

He said the family is poor and appealed to the government and well-wishers to assist the family offset mortuary fee and funeral expenses so that the family can accord her a decent burial.

The attackers claimed Bosire had robbed his asthmatic mother Ksh. 22,000 she had sold a bull and he was planning to take her to hospital on Monday before she was lynched on Sunday at around 11.a.m.

Macharia, accompanied by area Deputy County commissioner, Patrick Murira and sub county top security officers appealed to the residents to be calm and maintain peace as more suspects were being sought.

He assured the residents of their security and urged them to cooperate with security officers and report suspects planning to commit crimes so that they can be apprehended before they execute their ill missions.

“We have a new team of officers who are competent and committed to working with you. I urge you to share information with them to enhance security in the area,” Macharia said.

The attackers noted the County commissioner were organized and had set a date to execute the heinous crime, adding that if locals could have reported the matter to security officers, they could have prevented it.

Four suspects- Amos Nyakundi, Chrispine Ogeto, Peter Angwenyi and Ronald Ombati have since appeared before Kisii court Senior Resident Magistrate, Paul Mutai but were not allowed to plead since the charges were not ready.

Mutai ordered security officers to hold them at Rioma police station for ten day pending to allow investigators complete their probe.

The case will be mentioned on October 29.