Police in Nyeri have arrested a man who allegedly cut his wife and baby following an argument over inflated Unga prices.
Wilson Kiguru Kamau is said to have attacked his family with a kitchen knife after he accused his wife of spending too much money on maize flour. He stabbed her multiple times in the face, neck and head, while the two-year-old boy suffered a deep cut on the forehead.
The trouble was said to have started on Saturday night according to his wife, Mercy Njeri. The 28-year-old woman said her husband, who is 24, demanded rent money to which she explained that she had spent her last coin on flour.
“He was asking for rent money, but I had spent all my money on food since I am the breadwinner,” she said.
She recalled that the family went to bed as usual until around 5 am when she was awoken with blows. Her husband hit her repeatedly before picking up a knife and stabbed their son and then turned on her.
The woman was later rescued by neighbors who heard her screams. They rushed both the mother and son to Consolata Hospital-Mathari where they were admitted.
One of the rescuers said they found the woman in a pool of her own blood with the husband nowhere in sight. The neighbor added that Kamau was living off his wife and it was not the first incident of domestic violence.
“He does not work and he has been living off his wife,” said the neighbor. “In the past, they have argued about money and food.”
Kamau surrendered at the Nyeri Central Police Station, telling officers that he had killed his wife and son.
Nyeri OCPD Muinde Kioko confirmed the man was in custody and would be questioned before being taken to court.
“He turned himself in and reported he had killed them, which shows he had the intention to kill,” said Mr. Kioko. Mr. Kamau will likely to be charged with assault or attempted murder.
Inflated Unga Prices
This incident directly related to the inflated Unga prices came as millers in the Rift Valley and western Kenya resolved to reduce flour prices. Prices in the past two months had skyrocketed and left many people without their stable food.
In Eldoret, the Small Millers Association complied with the government’s directive and reduced maize flour prices for the cheapest brands from Sh145 for a two-kilogramme packet to Sh115.
The association’s national chairman, Kenneth Mutai, said the decision was informed by the government’s gesture to sell to them maize from the Strategic Grain Reserves at a subsidized price of Sh3,000 per 90kg bag.Mr Mutai, who is also the CEO of Eldoret-based
Mr. Mutai, who is also the CEO of Eldoret-based Ineet Millers, said the cost of maize flour was set to fall further to Sh90 in the next four days once millers start receiving the government-imported subsidized maize that arrived from Mexico at the weekend.