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Loving Nakuru mother takes own life rather than see errant son fail in life

She prepared dinner and fed her eight month old daughter and put the baby to bed. Later, she went out and collected dry maize stems from a nearby farm and placed them in her main room, poured paraffin on her body before she set herself on fire after wrapping herself inside a maize sack.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comThursday, 19 Jan 2017 10:28 EAT

A fire in Umoja Two area, Nairobi, in which two children aged five and 18 months were killed last year.

A 35-year old woman from Subukia in Nakuru County doused herself with paraffin before setting herself on fire in what was termed as a domestic wrangle. According to neighbours, the woman had been complaining about her fourteen year old son who disrespected her and indulged in criminal activities.

Josephine Njeri Muthoni is believed to have taken the action after her son recently dropped out of school without any clear reason. “For some time now she has been complaining about her unruly son who dropped out of school and that might have caused her to take the action," said a neighbour of the deceased who identified himself only as Mwangi. The late Muthoni is said to have on several occasions reported the son to the Children’s Department for guidance and counseling but this did not change his character.

Subukia police boss Alex Ng’ang’a confirmed the death, saying that the deceased locked herself in the house on Tuesday night and burnt herself at around 8pm. Mr Ng’ang’a said the late Muthoni had come from her causal jobs in the area but did not find her son home. She prepared dinner and fed her eight month old daughter and put the baby to bed. Later, she went out and collected dry maize stems from a nearby farm and placed them in her main room, poured paraffin on her body before she set herself on fire after wrapping herself inside a maize sack.

Neighbors who were passing by spotted smoke coming from the house and rushed to rescue the woman but they found her dead. They broke into the bedroom where the baby was sleeping and recued her after she had sustained minor injuries. The baby was rushed to Nyahuhuru Hospital where she was treated and discharged while her mother's body was taken to the hospital mortuary for postmortem.

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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