55-year-old woman burnt to death by relatives in Machakos over land dispute

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Detectives in Machackos County are holding five family members in connection with an arson attack which was sparked by a land dispute that led to the death of a 55-year-old woman.

The  dispute also left the husband and son of the deceased woman nursing serious injuries.

It was an alleged arson attack partly witnessed by Jackson Makau, her son, who recalls his own uncles and cousins waking him up 5am last Saturday with blows.

The relatives, who appeared hell bent on wiping out the family, are also alleged to have attacked Mwikali’s husband Nelson Ngui, who is still nursing the panga cuts on several parts of his body.

Area County Chief Investigation officer Rhoda Kanyi says the five relatives are already in custody and are set to face murder charges.

The piece of land in contention is located in the hilly area of Kyambuko, with both factions of the family claiming ownership, blaming Nelson Ngui’s family of delaying division.

The suspects are expected to be arraigned this week.