Son Kills Mother, Throws Himself Into a Well in Kiambu

A photo of a crime scene yellow tape.
A photo of a crime scene yellow tape.
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Police officers in Githunguri Area, Kiambu County are investigating a case where a 45-year-old man murdered his mother, 75, and dumped the body into a well before taking his own life.

According to the police, the son also jumped into the 60-foot-deep water hole after tossing the mother. The bodies were found floating in the well. 

Police records show that the neighbours claimed that the two had been arguing in recent months.

One of the main factors contributing to the squabble, is the son's decision to join a religion which the mother did not approve of.

Aerial view of Kiambu county
An aerial view of Kiambu County.
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According to neighbours who spoke to the press after the bodies were recovered, the mother was very skeptical of her son's new religion, claiming that its faithful practice Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and polygamy. 

The neighbours said that the mother had warned her son about his new faith on multiple occasions.

"We have been witnessing quarrels between the two for a while but did not expect the situation to become fatal,"

"One day, the mother came to my house and opened up on the issue saying it was troubling her," one of the neighbours told journalists.

Following the tragic incident, a team from the county disaster management recovered the bodies from the well.

Police are still actively investigating the crime. 

This comes at a time when the National Police Service (NPS) has recorded increasing incidences of murder and suicide in recent years which have raised concerns about a potential mental health crisis.

A study conducted by Nairobi University reveals that close family and spousal disputes constitute the majority of disputes in Kenya, accounting for 57 percent of such cases. 

An aerial view of Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County.
An aerial view of Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County.
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