Grief grips Kinangop as bodies of 4 siblings killed by their mother are interred


Grief grips Kinangop as bodies of 4 siblings killed by their mother are interred

Emotions rent the air in Kinangop as four children reportedly killed by their mother in Naivasha were laid to rest on Thursday morning.

Scores of neighbors and family who could not hide their grief showed up to give their last respects to the four siblings.

Their one-page eulogies were short and attributed the cause of death to “unclear circumstances”.

“The late met her death on the night of Friday, June 26 under unclear circumstances, shine all the way in the land of the living untill we meet again, rest in peace,” the eulogies read.

During the burial,  coffins were laid together side by side in the same grave.

Scores of neighhors, family and friends attended the funeral in Kinangop. Photo: Matheri James

The bodies of the four were found locked at their house near the Naivasha High School on Sunday afternoon.

Their mother, Beatrice Mwende is said to have poisoned them before fleeing to the neighboring Kayole Estate.

Mwende who is currently in police custody previously blamed evil spirits and her former lover for the heinous act.

She termed as demonic the act of killing her children Melody Warigia (8yrs), Willy Macharia (6yrs), Samantha Njeri (4yrs) and Whitney Nyambura (2yrs).

The mother of six narrated how she killed the four children one after the other on Friday night before going to bed.

The mathematics teacher begged the court for mercy insisting that she had been possessed and did not know what she was doing.

Mwende further claimed that her boyfriend whom she parted ways last year is the one who had been ordering her to do ‘queer’ things.

She alleged that on the 26th of every month, she would be possessed by evil spirits which she was not in control of.

On the fateful day that she is alleged to have killed the children, Mwende told the court that she later went to look for the ex-boyfriend who works in Naivasha town.

She did not find him but left him a letter that she says she wrote in a daze.

Mwende, who worked with an NGO in Naivasha town, said she is ready to be jailed for her actions.

Her sentiments come on the backdrop of police seeking to hold her for seven more days to conduct a mental assessment before charging her with murder.

Through a miscellaneous application, Corporal Samuel Wambugu told Naivasha Senior Resident magistrate Yusuf Baraza that they also need time to conduct a postmortem on the bodies.

The case will be heard on July 6, 2020.

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