May 28, 2022
Witnesses at the scene of arson in Kandara, Murang'a County.
  • A survivor of an arson attack that killed six family members in Kandara, Murang’a County, has narrated the last moments and how she escaped death by a whisker .

    Speaking to the press on Sunday, April 11, Rebecca Wambui, a relative of the six who perished in the night fire, noted that he had been living with the family and only left a day before the arson.

    She further revealed that prior to her departure on Friday, April 8, she had witnessed high voltage exchanges between her aunts, which she believed might have caused the tragedy

    “Let me say, maybe I survived because I had left this home on Tuesday of which I had returned on Friday but I traveled at night. There were issues between the aunts which, maybe, led to the arson,” stated Wambui.

    Witnesses at the scene of arson in Kandara, Murang’a County.

    A neighbour, Margaret Magiri, recounted that the dispute had revolved around a mobile phone that went missing, with the sister of the deceased grandmother accusing her kids of stealing the gadget.

    So heated was the issue that saw police officers get involved even though it appears, nothing was resolved, with the suspect taking the law in her hands.

    “I heard wails at night and I woke up. My son came quickly. He asked me to make calls because the fire was too intense.

    “I had (earlier) heard a dispute over a phone. There were claims that the phone had been taken by the children of the diseased. They talked about it and called police officers,” stated the neighbour.

    The six members, including a grandmother, her three children and two grandchildren, burnt to death in the incident n the morning of Sunday, April 10.

    Witnesses claimed that the doors were locked from outside when the incident happened at Nguthuru village in Kandara Constituency, Murang’a County.

    The main suspect, who is believed to be the sister of the grandmother, was arrested in connection with the incident as police continued with investigations.

    The suspect in the attack is said to have moved out of the house just days before the fire incident.

    Police officer at the scene of the arson in Kandara, Murang'a County on Sunday, April 10, 2022.
    Police officers at the scene of the arson in Kandara, Murang’a County on Sunday, April 10, 2022.
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