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Who is killing Masinde Muliro University students? One suspect arrested over rape, murder of female student

Students of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) are living in distress after their colleague was found dead in mysterious circumstances.

The body of Macrine Wainaina, 22, was found in the wee hours of Wednesday, June 2 in Kenfico area of Jua Kali estate in Kakamega.

The body of the student was half-naked and covered with her pants. She also had several stab wounds, in what appears that she was raped before been brutally killed.

Wainaina, a Third Year student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, was currently on industrial attachment at Shieywe Secondary School in Kakamega town.

According to a local newspaper Macrine had spent time with her friends on Tuesday evening partying at an undisclosed location in Kakamega town. Her pals say that she was on her usual jovial mood when she was last seen.

“Macrine left the hostel at 10 am, saying she was going to spend the remainder of the day partying at a place in Kakamega Town,” one of her friends told the newspaper, adding: “When I asked her to reveal the exact party venue, she refused.”

Kakamega Central OCPD David Kabena says that one suspect has been arrested in connection with Macrine’s rape and murder.

“We understand the suspect was the girl’s boyfriend. Our investigations are fast taking shape. The nature of her death suggests someone close to her organised her sexual abuse and killing,” said Kabena who insinuates that it may be a case of unrequited love.

This is not the first time a student has been killed in the area. According to one of the student leaders in the institution, Kenfico are has been a hotspot for several murders and attacks against students.

Students living in fear

In  2019, Belinda Akeyo Achieng’, a fourth year Bachelor of Education student at the Institution, was found dead in her house at Lurambi estate with blood oozing from her mouth and nether region.

Students are now calling on the school authorities in conjunction with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to intervene and restore security in the area, as well as protect the students.

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