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Man, 27, drowns daughter after quarreling with wife

22 August 2014, 15:31 Jane Zack

Busia - Residents of  Muramia village, Nambale sub-county in Busia County on Friday woke up to a rude shock when they found that a middle-aged man had drowned himself alongside his his two-year-old daughter.

According to his grandmother, the deceased, Philip Wandera who used to reside in Nairobi with his family had visited his folks in the village when the incident occurred.

It is alleged that he found a text message on her wife’s phone from another man, which resulted in a domestic quarrel.

“They then started fighting but the wife ran to her aunt’s house,” an eyewitness said. The anger-stricken man took the two kids to the river, three kilometers away from the home, where he threw the younger child who was asleep. He then attempted to drown the elder one thrice but each time he was dipped into the river, came out.

The elder son who managed to escape death raised the alarm and narrated the ordeal to villagers who responded to his distress call early in the morning.

It is alleged that the man took with him both his phone and his wife’s to the river, where he drowned with them.

On Thursday, divers from the village managed to retrieve the body of the decomposing girl which was later moved to Busia County Referral Hospital mortuary as the mission to search for the body of the father continued with the hope of getting it soon.

The mother of the deceased, Sabencia Odembo told journalists that her son who was working in Nairobi had reconciled with the wife recently after separating for some time.  

Confirming the incident, Kisoko Sub-location Sub-chief Peter Khayo lamented increased cases of suicide in the area and called on the locals to seek help from the government and other agencies when faced with social challenges instead of taking away their lives and that of innocent children.

“We are getting concerned with the increasing cases of suicide in this area because this is the fifth case we are witnessing this year alone,” Khayo stated.

The wife and the child who escaped death narrowly recorded a statement at the Nambale Police Post on Thursday.

Locals who streamed at the scene of tragedy sobbing condemned the sinful act with some alleging that it was a curse from the clan.

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