Bungoma chief stabs school­girl in love af­fair, drinks rat poi­son

Ad­min­is­tra­tor ac­cuses girl of hav­ing sex with her hus­band. She then un­suc­cess­fully tries to com­mit sui­cide. Both are ad­mit­ted at the same hospi­tal

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - BRIAN OJAMAA @ojamab

A form four stu­dent at Samoya Sec­ondary School in Kan­duyi con­stituency was stabbed sev­eral times by the Samoya as­sis­tant chief in a love tri­an­gle.

The chief is ad­mit­ted at Bungoma Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal af­ter she tried to com­mit sui­cide by drink­ing rat poi­son af­ter stab­bing Mer­clin Machuma on Sun­day. The girl is ad­mit­ted at the same hospi­tal.

Alice Wasike al­legedly at­tacked Machuma in the torso with a penknife, ac­cus­ing her of hav­ing an af­fair with her hus­band. Machuma’s mother Cather­ine Na­fula said Wasike came to their home on Sun­day, say­ing she wanted to speak to the girl.

Na­fula said the ad­min­is­tra­tor re­fused to be ush­ered in, in­sist­ing she would speak with Machuma out­side.

She added that when the girl was sum­moned, the as­sis­tant chief stabbed her.

“The chief came to our home­stead and we wel­comed her with my hus­band. When we sum­moned the girl she jumped on her,” Na­fula said.

Machuma’s fa­ther Thomas Simiyu said he saw Wasike, who said she wanted to give the girl her lost phone. Simiyu said the ad­min­is­tra­tor pounced on the girl and stabbed her be­fore flee­ing. The at­tack was re­ported at Bungoma po­lice sta­tion.

The in­ci­dent led to protests by res­i­dents and the stu­dents of Samoya sec­ondary school, who de­manded the ar­rest of the chief.

Bungoma South po­lice chief David Kirui said in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing and will the sus­pect will be brought to jus­tice.

Bungoma Gver­nor Ken­neth Lusaka and wo­man rep­re­sen­ta­tive Regi­nalda Wany­onyi con­demned the in­ci­dent and urged Bungoma county com­mis­sioner Joishua Chep­chieng to ar­rest the chief. Lusaka said what the chief has done vi­o­lates the ethics of ad­min­is­tra­tion and she should be put be­hind bars.

/BRIAN OJAMAA

Stu­dents of Samoya Sec­ondary School in Kan­duyi con­stituency protest in Bungoma town on Mon­day af­ter Samoya as­sis­tant chief Alice Wasike stubbed a Form Four stu­dent with a knife on Sun­day for al­legedly hav­ing sex with her hus­band

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