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Man kills wife and kids over food in Kenya

By Grace Wekesa | May 29th 2012

By Grace Wekesa

Villagers carry the bodies of the victims of a food disagreement in Kakamega, Kenya. (Photo:Benjamin Sakwa/Standard)

A village in Shinyalu constituency, Kakamega County is mourning after a man slashed to death his two children and wife following a disagreement over food.

There was mourning and grief in Mutsulyo village after the middle-aged man identified as Geoffrey Khamalishi descended on his wife and two children aged between one and a half, and two years-old with a panga killing then instantly.

His five-year-old first born son managed to escape the father's wrath and would live to tell how his kin died in the hands a man they expected to protect them.

Residents claimed that the man was bitter after the wife criticised him for failing to provide food for his family.

The man’s father Alphonse Mushira said he heard the cries from his grandchildren and the daughter in-law and rushed to rescue them.

"I rushed to his house and found him slashing his children with a panga. I tried to plead with him to stop and he threatened to cut me too," said Mr Mushira.

He Added: “I rushed to the assistant chief Josphat Okechi's house and reported the matter. We came quickly to save the lives of the victims but it was too late".

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Mushira added that by the time they arrived his son had killed his wife and two children and fled.

Mr Okechi informed police who later arrived at the scene and removed the bodies to Kakamega General Hospital mortuary.

Kakamega OCPD Joseph Ombija confirmed the incident adding that police were searching for the assailant who is still at large.

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