A family in Kapkoy area, Kwanza constituency, Trans Nzoia County is mourning the death of their son after he was allegedly killed by his neighbour.
The form two student at the Mwangaza secondary school is said to have succumbed to head injuries inflicted on him by the said neighbour, Ibrahim Namaswa following a land dispute.
Festo Wekesa noted that the culprit hit his brother multiple times on the head, killing him on the spot before disappearing into thin air.
“My brother died a very painful death in the hands of the beastly man which after committing the act, he ran into hiding,” Wekesa said.
Wekesa further said that the family had very huge expectations with their son and that they are yet to come to terms with the unfortunate turn of events.
He added that other family members fear for their lives because the suspect is still at large.
They have called for a speedy manhunt operation and arraigning of the suspect.
“Two years ago the suspect had threatened to teach our family a lifetime lesson, we reported the matter to Kwanza police station, but the police officers did not act. Our lives are now in danger because the culprit has not been arrested,” he added.
The suspect is also accused of allegedly murdering the deceased mother-in-law in 2018 over a five-acre land dispute.
Kwanza Sub County Police Commander James Odero confirmed the incident and said police officers have already launched a manhunt for the suspect for further legal action.
“Our officers together with the area chief are in pursuit of the suspect, once he is arrested he will be charged with murder,” Odero said.
Odero asked members of the public with differences to consider alternative dispute resolution mechanisms instead of using violence to resolve their issues.
“Resorting to violence that can lead to death, especially on disputes related to land ownership, is not proper,” he added.
The body of the deceased has been taken to Kitale County Referral Hospital morgue awaiting autopsy.