A somber mood engulfed Mlima Kuku village in Kitale after a man killed his son for allegedly spending Sh3,000 to buy clothes ahead of the Christmas festivities without his consent.
Kiptoror chief Edwin Kirotich said Arani Makori, who is in police custody, tied the man's hands with a rope before descending on him with a metal bar.
The boy, a Form Three student, died after the man allegedly smashed his head with the metal bar.
Attempts by the boy's mother to intervene failed.
"The man became angry when he discovered that the boy had used the money without his permission. He hit him using a metal bar," said the chief.
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Neighbours, who responded to screams from the boy's mother, tried to rescue him in vain, as the man chased them away with a panga.
"I want to kill him as a lesson to other children. You people don't have business asking me to stop disciplining him. He is paying for stealing my money," he reportedly told one of his neighbours.
Some neighbours are said to have rushed to Geta Police Station, around 500 metres away, seeking the intervention of the police, but the officers did not respond to the distress calls.
The man is said to have fled after the incident, but was later arrested at Kachibora Township while trying to board a hired vehicle.
"We tried to stop the man, but he was hostile and threatened to slash us. We alerted the officers to come and rescue the boy but they ignored us," said a resident, Charles Omari.
Residents said it was after news spread that the boy had died from the beating that the officers walked into the man's home.