TRAGEDY STRIKES

Webuye peacemaker, 22, killed while trying to settle quarrel

Died while receiving treatment at Lugulu Mission Hospital in Webuye East where he was rushed.

In Summary
  • A dispute broke out on Friday evening when the two men started quarreling at Lumuli market.
  • Juma said the suspect drew a knife hidden in his pocket and stabbed her brother to death.
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A man who tired to stop two quarreling friends was allegedly stabbed to death by one of them.

The deceased was identified as Joshua Wanjala, 22. He died while receiving treatment at Lugulu Mission Hospital in Webuye East where he was rushed.

The incident happened in Magemo area, Mihuu ward, Webuye East Constituency in Bungoma county.

A witness and sister to Wanjala, Phanice Juma, said the dispute broke out on Friday evening when the two men started quarreling at Lumuli market.

“My brother was just relaxing at the market after his daily hustler but afterwards the dispute ensued, which attracted him and he wanted to separate them,” she said.

Juma said the suspect drew a knife hidden in his pocket and stabbed her brother to death.

“I didn’t understand the intention of that man. He has never quarreled with my brother. I want to ask the police to take a stern action against him. This is very bad,” Juma said.

She added that police are aware of the matter.

David Khamala, the father of the deceased, condemned the incident and called on the police and other relevant authorities to do speedy investigations.

Khamala’s sentiments were echoed by Pastor James Wafula who decried high cases of indiscipline in the region.

“I want to ask the police to increase patrols in the area and arrest the lawbreakers,” Wafula stated.

Magemo assistant chief Joseph Wafula said police had started investigations into the murder as the suspect was detained at Webuye police station.

The assistant chief called on family members to report such cases to the relevant authorities for help rather than taking the law into their hands.

“I ask members of families to find amicable ways of solving domestic disputes,” he said.

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