Police in Makindu, Makueni county are hunting for a 35-year-old man who killed his father with a poisoned arrow and set his body ablaze together with several houses before escaping.
Nicholas Katua descended on his elderly father with arrows on Wednesday night in Kyale, Masalalani in Makueni in what authorities revealed to be a land-related dispute.
“Kimuli Julius was attacked and killed by his own son. The attacker used a bow and arrow and shot him on his stomach killing him on the spot,” said Makueni County Commander Joseph Ole Naipeiyan.
The area Assistant Chief Shadrack Musembi who arrived at the scene immediately after the heinous act said the killings and burning of family property were related to a disputed land issue that had taken a while to resolve.
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“The deceased had two wives. Scuffles have been arising on the method to use to sub-divide land amongst children of both families. Before the murder, one of the sons rewarded himself with a portion of the land without consulting others, something that sparked instant uproar,” said Musembi.
According to the deceased’s second wife, Florence Kimula, the killer step-son also attacked his younger stepbrother Mutie Kimula, 21, with a machete cutting him severely.
“He also attacked his young brother who sustained serious injuries before getting rushed to Makindu sub-county hospital where he is currently receiving treatment,” said Florence.
Police say the injured is critically ill.
By the time of going to press, the chattered body of the 60-year-old man was still lying at the scene of the crime.
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