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Family that perished in Vihiga fire laid to rest

19 September 2013, 09:40 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - The family of five that perished on Sunday night at Vindizi village in Vihiga County after the father set them ablaze were laid to rest on Tuesday.

Celine Vugutsa, a standard four girl who survived the incident, narrated how the father came back home with meat, cooked it for them and then turned against the family late in the night, setting the wife, three children and himself on fire.

“I do not even know what to tell the people about what happened that night. It was a horrible one for me. I do not want to remember it in my life,” the dejected Vugutsa narrated.

She managed to escape the jaws of death by a whisker after she sensed that her dad was taking her siblings to the bedroom, putting them on bed, and sprinkling some petrol on them. Only a stool that was in the way helped her dodge the cruel father and run to her grandpa’s house.

Members of the Vihiga County government and Vihiga constituency Member of Parliament, Yusuf Chanzu, paid for the funeral arrangements of the five family members with area governor, Moses Akaranga, promising to take responsibility of caring for the surviver.

Akaranga said that it was unfortunate for the incident to have happened in the County and asked parents to be responsible over their children's behaviours by advising them accordingly.

“I do not want to see our children engaging in criminal acts because they have lacked direction of what to do when they are faced with difficult situations,” said Akaranga.

He said that the girl will be taken to a boarding school, after going through guidance and counselling from a rehabilitation centre.

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