Brothers buried in twin grave
16 January 2013, 11:01
Two brothers murdered in cold blood over a land dispute which they were hardly part of were buried in a twin grave in their parents’ farm at Tanyai village in Nyeri early this week.
The brothers, who left behind their wives and young children, were hacked to death with pangas and fork jembes at a farm in Nyahururu Municipality on Friday January 4, where the elder one was the manager.
The burial ceremony, attended by among others former Internal Security minister Christopher Murungaru, was marked by emotions with some of the family members collapsing.
The situation was so sad that the presiding pastor disallowed taking of photographs.
A person who was among the first to arrive at the scene of the murder, John Barno, broke down as he conveyed his condolences and narrated what he had seen.
Barno said that he had never heard of or seen so brutal a murder, as the deceased were simply going about their chores at the farm - preparing to plant vegetables - when a specific person blew a whistle to call his accomplices.
Barno said they killed the two brothers in cold blood, disclosing that nearly all suspects had been arrested and were expected to appear in court when police investigations are complete.
Other reports said that the elder brother Elijah Mwangi Ndiritu, who was the farm manager, had managed to telephone the police on his mobile before the attacks.
According to the reports, the farm owner Dickson Wanderi had bought the farm from another person and given squatters legal notice to vacate.
When the notice expired, he set out to prepare the farm for planting.
Addressing the mourners at the burial, Murungaru who is seeking the Nyeri Senator’s seat in the forthcoming General Elections, asked the police to ensure that justice in the matter was done.
He recalled that just a few days to his death, Elijah had informed him that he was to travel home from Laikipia to help in his campaign.
“Now here he is, in this casket ... we want the killers punished according to the law of the land, even as we ask God to comfort the bereaved families and revenge on our behalf,” said the former Kieni MP.
The area assistant chief Agnes Kiboi said that many widows lead lonely lives because other married women treated them with suspicion saying they would ‘steal’ their men.
Men, including pastors who would otherwise innocently offer their shoulders for the widows to cry on and render helping hands, kept off for fear of straining their homes as well as social stigma.
The assistant chief called for understanding among women and the society in general in regard to widowhood, saying that widows should be treated kindly lest they cried to God in despair and prayed for His vengeance, prayers whose answer would probably not auger well for widow-molesters.
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