Newly cir­cum­cised boy burned, tor­tured to death in Naivasha

Died at the Ki­jabe Mis­sion Hospi­tal. In ru­ral ar­eas, young men beat cir­cum­cised boys as part of an ini­ti­a­tion rit­ual. One of the youth had promised his fam­ily he’d nurse him

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley - GE­ORGE MURAGE @TheS­tarKenya

Po­lice in Mai Mahiu, Naivasha, are look­ing for young men who burned and tor­tured a newly cir­cum­cised boy in an ini­ti­a­tion cer­e­mony that went fa­tally wrong.

Henry Kamau, 15, died hours af­ter ar­riv­ing at Ki­jabe Mis­sion Hospi­tal. He sat his KCPE exam last week. Rel­a­tives, class­mates and friends said Kamau was a bright boy.

Cases of young men tor­ment­ing and beat­ing up cir­cum­cised boys have been re­ported in many ru­ral places.

Kamau’s mother Tere­sia Nyam­bura said one of the youths had prom- ised to nurse Kamau. She said the group vis­ited Kamau, who was re­cov­er­ing in a sep­a­rate room in their home­stead, and tor­tured him. “In the morn­ing we re­alised he was in bad con­di­tion as he had burns on his body. His eyes were swollen and he was vom­it­ing,” Nyam­bura said.


The mother of four said her sec­ond born son was de­clared dead a few hours af­ter he was hos­pi­talised.

Neigh­bour Sam Ngugi said those re­spon­si­ble are well known. The crime was re­ported at Mai Mahiu po­lice sta­tion.

“The boy was a pupil at Ngeya Pri­mary School and was await­ing his KCPE exam re­sults when this painful in­ci­dent oc­curred,” Ngugi said.

A se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way.

“The body was taken to Mai Mahiu mor­tu­ary. We are seek­ing the group so they can shed more light on this issue,” the of­fi­cer said.

Mean­while, an eight-year-old boy yes­ter­day was hit and killed by a speed­ing car on the Nairobi-Nakuru high­way near Ki­jabe trad­ing cen­tre.

The child was in the com­pany of his col­leagues. He was cross­ing the busy road when he was run over.

“The ac­ci­dent hap­pened so fast. The per­sonal car hit and killed the child on the spot. The oc­cu­pants es­caped un­scathed,” an of­fi­cer said.

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