Police in Kisii are holding a man who allegedly hacked his father to death in Nyakembene, Gucha South sub-county, Kisii , after a disagreement over his decision to marry a fourth wife.
Confirming the incident to the media in her office, Kisii County Police Commander Agnes Mudambi Lihabi said the suspect, Thomas Onchari, committed the offence at his father’s home where he had gone for a visit.
She said he engaged the father in a heated argument before the incident occurred.
Family members said the father was against his move because the suspect owned a small piece of land and therefore could not be able to build houses for all his wives, said Ms Mudambi.
She confirmed that the suspect used a machete to strike his father three times on the head, killing him instantly before the family members called police officers attached to Nyamarambe Police Station who made the arrest.
My officers found the suspect standing next to his father’s body at the scene of crime and did not resist arrest, she said.
Police collected a machete that was full of blood at the scene as evidence while the body of the late Ezekiel Mbuya was moved to Tabaka Mission Hospital for postmortem.
Mudambi said the suspect will be arraigned in court to answer to murder charges as soon as investigations are completed.
Distraught relatives expressed their shock at the incident, saying it was an unexpected development.
Speaking over the phone, a cousin to the suspect Teresa Bosibori said the family was still in shock after the incident, adding that no one expected it would happen.
Mudambi urged residents to exercise restraint when in conflict with others, saying the law would not exonerate them for committing crimes out of anger.
She said that whether the criminal act was motivated by extreme anger or not, the law would not exonerate anyone.
Source: Kenya News Agency