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September 18, 2018

Fire tragedy teacher planned to occupy new house next month

Residents of jara in Likoni constituency mill around a house that was burnt down on Monday night,four people were killed during the accident two children and two adults./John Chesoli
Residents of jara in Likoni constituency mill around a house that was burnt down on Monday night,four people were killed during the accident two children and two adults./John Chesoli
The family whose four members were wiped out by the fire allegedly started by their son in-law are still coming to terms with the tragedy.
Plans for the burial are already underway as the family met to decide on whether to ferry the bodies to Kitui or lay them to rest in Mombasa.
On Monday night, a fire tragedy in Jara area in Likoni, Mombasa took away lives of four people including Victoria Mutua, a teacher at the Mbaraki girls secondary school.
Others who died were her mum Bahati, her two years old son and six years old nephew.
The fire is said to have been started by Mutua's husband only identified as Frank, a Tanzania national.
Revelations by some of the survivors has left Mutua's family with lots of questions.
Joseph, a 10 year old boy, escaped unhurt but shocked on how the man they have called an uncle turned against them and especially their two years old son.
Joseph was in the house when their uncle came wearing a heavy coat unknowingly that he had a bottle of petrol.
Joseph said that Frank entered the house and locked the house from inside before he spilled petrol all over the house.
"He removed a knife from his coat and pounced on my aunt Victoria and stabbed her twice on the stomach. He then took his son and also stabbed her on the stomach," he narrated.
Joseph revealed that the attacker then stabbed his grandmother and his other cousin.
"All this while my grandmother was asking him why he had decided to kill her family," he added.
Joseph and her mother Naomi were able to escape as they climbed to the ceiling in the toilet before they rescued by neighbours.
Samson Matheka, brother to Victoria,received a distress call from her mother asking him to rush to their sister's house where they had been attacked.
However, as he was heading there, he met fire brigades rushing to the site and upon reaching he found them dead.
Matheka revealed her sister had parted ways with her husband seven months ago.
"But my sister allowed him to visit them and see his son.There was no day he was denied permission to see his son,"he said.
Matheka revealed that Victoria had denounced their union, which really upset the man who vowed to finish her.
"He wanted to pay dowry for her but Victoria told us not to accept the dowry as she did not want anything to do with him,"he added.
Matheka said plans by his late sister to move to her newly built house in Mtongwe area may have triggered the anger of their brother in-law.
He said the deceased teacher had finished her house and was to move in, in August.
Victoria described by his relatives as a go-getter was the breadwinner in her family of four children.
Likoni county commissioner Eric Wamulevu said police were expected to carry out thorough investigations into the incident.
He said they will be looking into how the attacker got the petrol considering its unlawful to sell petrol in bottles. 
But during the incident, the fire brigade had a rough time in accessing the area due to poor planning of houses making it impossible for easy access.

 

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