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16-year-old girl kills brother over 'disco matanga'

30 July 2014, 15:28 Ken Laban

Bungoma - A family feud turned tragic at Mukuyuni village in Bungoma County when a 16-year-old girl stabbed her elder brother to death after he barred her from attending a 'Disco Matanga’ in their neighbourhood on Tuesday night.

The deceased, 22, is said to have told the girl to concentrate on her studies instead of wasting her energy in frivolous activities.

“We had just finished supper when I noticed that my daughter was restless. I asked her what was wrong and she said she wanted to attend a funeral dance in the neighbourhood but I told her she won't. She became rude and said she would attend whether I like it or not. Hearing this, her brother was offended and told her to respect me as her mother,” Margaret Wanzala, their mother narrated.

They two had a heated argument which culminated into a physical struggle.

“They were quarreling and I told my son to go to his room to study but his sister followed him to his room with insults. He later came back with a cane to beat her sister. I was in my room when I heard a loud scream and when I went to the kitchen, I found my son on the floor covered with blood,” she recounted.

The suspect, Diana Nafula, a form one student at Siyumbwa Secondary School used a kitchen knife to stab his brother on the chest and abdomen, killing him instantly.

“I raised alarm and neighbours came to take him to hospital but we realized he was already dead,” she said amid sobs.

After realizing that she had killed her brother, she vanished into a maize plantation and she still at large.

The deceased Edwin Wekesa was a form four student at Pwani secondary school in Bungoma County.

Funeral discos are very popular among folks in rural areas especially in Western and Nyanza regions.

They are part of cultural ceremonies held after a burial to cleanse the home of the deceased.

“This has been happening since the days of our great grandfathers. It’s a way of appeasing the dead, chasing away the spirit of death and it’s also an opportunity for the dead to be reborn because any woman who conceives that night is supposed to rename the child after the deceased,” said Osinyo Matthews, a Luhya elder.

Early June this year, one person was killed and several others injured after rival groups clashed over women at a funeral disco in Kisumu County’s Muhoroni area.

Bungoma North OCPD, Eliud Okello said his officers are conducting investigations to find out what really happened and the circumstances that led to the murder of the boy.

He said they have launched a manhunt for the suspect and promised to arrest her soon.

“After arrest, she will be arraigned in court and be charged for murder. It is high time these disco matangas were abolished as they have become a recipe for chaos, immorality and insecurity,” said Okello.

The body of the deceased is lying at Kiminini Cottage Hospital mortuary.

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