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Man breaks into a house, sets family on fire

23 September 2014, 16:11 John Kioko

Kwale - Sombre mood has engulfed Mwachome village at Matuga in Kwale County after four family members including two minors were burnt beyond recognition in their house.

Suleiman Mwamtsumi, his wife and two of their grandchildren died after they were attacked by an unknown man before their house was set ablaze around 1:00 am Tuesday morning.

The only survivor, 13-year-old Merashid Suleiman who is last born of the deceased, said the attacker entered their house and then killed her father, mother and then set ablaze their house in the isolated village.

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“He was wearing a pair of black trousers and blue shirt. He broke into my fathers’ bedroom, wrestled him and killed him,” said the trembled girl.

"Our house has three bedrooms. I was sleeping in the sitting room. I was woken by my mother's screams after he killed my dad. Then he came out to take petrol,” added the minor.

She sneaked out of the house after the assailant went inside his parents’ bedroom with the petrol.

“I ran to our neighbors but they could not help because they said they were scared and so they had to go and call other neighbors but it was too late. My parents and the two uncles were already dead," she narrated.

Area sub-Chief, Saidi Tsozi, said the father was a small scale farmer and businessman while his wife was a grocer in Mombasa.

He said the father of seven children had no grudge with anyone although his children blamed blamed the murder on land issues.

Their children; Mwanahidi Suleiman and Saidi Suleiman who live away from home, blamed the killing on a 5-acre land dispute that was solved long ago but the unnamed neighbors were not satisfied.

“It is a problem that has lasted for almost three years. Recently, they assaulted my mother asking them to leave the land. We are convinced they are the killers,” said Saidi.

He said they have been living in fear for all those years because of the threats they were receiving from neighbors.

“The issue was reported to area chief who said we should remain calm as they investigate on the matter," said Saidi.

Kwale leaders led by Governor Salim Mvurya and MP Zainab Chidzuga visited the scene of incident where they condemned the killing and called for quick investigation.

“I urge my people to seek assistance at institutions put in place to solve their problems instead of  attacking each other," said the shaken Mvurya.

Chidzuga asked police to get working and unearth the truth of the matter.

County commander of police, Kenneth Kimani urged residents to be calm as they investigate the matter while asking those with information to help police to trace the assailant.

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