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August 19, 2018

Man lynched in church for killing parents, rescuer

A relative is overcome with grief at Siritanyi in Bungoma county after four people died in the area./jOHN NALIANYA
A relative is overcome with grief at Siritanyi in Bungoma county after four people died in the area./jOHN NALIANYA

Four people were killed on Tuesday in a bizarre tragedy involving a man, his parents and a neighbour in Kanduyi, Bungoma.

Yusuf Siritanyi, 25, killed his parents and a neighbour who intervened before villagers lynched him.

Witnesses said Siritany first attacked his mother Grace Akot whom she hit on the head with a rungu. Akot died instantly.

Neighbour Joseph Masafu who ran to Akot's rescue was also hit and killed. Siritany then turned to his father David Nasiunda. He hit him twice on the head.

Siritany fled to a nearby church as villagers gathered in their home. He was killed by irate villagers inside the church. The tragedy happened at about 6pm.

The four bodies were taken to the Bungoma Referral Hospital mortuary.

Daniel Wabwile said Siritany was a drug addict. "He looked like he was high on bhang. He was attacking anyone on sight," Wabwile said.

Kanduyi DCI boss Bernard Chepkwony said Siritany was probably high on drugs because he had no disputes with his family.

According to Wabwile, Siritany was a very reserved man. He had just graduated with a diploma in agriculture from a Bungoma college.

“He was a very polite although his parents suspected some strange behaviour in him. On Sunday, they summoned his for counseling during which he revealed his addiction to bhang,” Wabwile said.

Wabwile is Siritany's neighbour and peer.

Masafu's widow Julia Nasimiyu said Siritany threatened to kill her as she ran to help her husband.

“He shouted at me, saying he would kill anyone who moved closer. I had to run away," Nasimiyu said.

Residents have blamed the killings on laxity by police to end drug abuse.

Area MCA George Makari urged the county and police to reign in drug abuse.

“We might lose a whole generation unless something is urgently done to address the drug menace,” Makari said.

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