A mother of three has been arrested in Machakos County on suspicion of killing her five-year-old daughter.
Mary Nduku, 27, was arraigned in court on Monday, July 19 on allegations of killing her second-born child. it is reported that Nduku was aggrieved after she was warned against a sexual relationship with her uncle, Dominic Mbithi, at their rural home in Kimutwa, Kalama Sub County on July 17.
That was when she allegedly fed her two children with pesticides with the intention of killing them before committing suicide herself.
According to her father Nicodemus Mwikya, Nduku has been disappearing and reappearing at home without notice, bringing along a child with every return.
“My daughter gave birth to the firstborn and left for 4 years without a trace. She came back with the second born, now the deceased, and again went away for another four years. She again showed up with a one-year-old child, her third born.” Mwikya told TV47.
Her father expressed disapproval with the said relationship, admitting the family got wind of the love affair after Nduku was seen visiting her father’s younger brother.
The suspect’s mother, Teresia Mwikya warned her daughter. She reportedly said that she does not want to see her because of the illicit uncle-niece relationship.
“I said that marriage can’t work because of their blood relationship. Where in our society have you seen an uncle marry his niece?” she posed.
Children taken under child protection
Machakos sub-County head of DCIO Rhodah Kanyi urged locals to report to local administrators any cases of incest. “I would urge the community to report any intimate relationship between brother and sister or uncles and nieces so that they can be separated before a child is sired,” Kanyi added.
The DCIO said police had launched a manhunt for Nduku’s uncle to question him on the alleged relationship.
Machakos sub-County children’s officer Emily Kimanzi said Nduku’s youngest child was taken under the care of children protection services, as the other recuperates at the Machakos Level 5 Hospital.
“After the boy is discharged, we would pick him to a rescue centre where they can be taken care of because they are now vulnerable,” Kimanzi added.
The deceased awaits postmortem at the Machakos Level 5 Hospital mortuary.