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Kakamega man sets himself ablaze following family quarrel

By Jackline Inyanji | Published Mon, January 22nd 2018 at 14:09, Updated January 22nd 2018 at 14:18 GMT +3

A 30-year-old man died after he set himself ablaze following a family feud in Shinyalu sub-county.

The victim, Morris Otieno, set himself on fire when he returned home on Saturday night after accusing his wife of having an affair with their neighbour.

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The wife, Josephine Nekesa, said her husband had threatened to beat her for sneaking out to meet her lover when he was not home.

“That fateful day, he came home and found me cooking. He never uttered any word, he kept the Sportpesa booklets he was carrying in a safe and left for a drinking den only for him to return at 9pm to pick a quarrel,” Ms Nekesa said adding that he demanded to know where she was that day.

“I told him I went to borrow a phone from a neighbour to call him to inquire his whereabouts, as the food was getting cold," she said.

She said during the argument she heard petrol smelling and sensed something was amiss.

“I put off the tin lamp and left with my child through the back door. I was very traumatised and went to the police station to seek help. On coming back, I heard screams that my house was on fire,” she said.

Neighbours said the man had been accusing his wife of having a lover.

Angered by her action, he left the house and returned later carrying a plastic container filled with petrol.

His brother, Peter Owino, said Mr Otieno entered the house and doused himself with the petrol then lit up a match and started screaming for help shortly after.

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“By the time I got to his house, he had sustained serious burns and his house had caught fire. There was little we could do to save him," said Mr Owino.

Western Regional Police Commander Moses Ombati said the issue involved around a family dispute.

“We are investigating why the man set himself on fire before any action is taken,” he said.