A 25-year-old man knifed his father, Michael Amolo, to death after a slight disagreement in South C, Nairobi.
The victim, who was the husband of a former ODM official, died after his son stabbed him repeatedly in the head and neck on April 24. The late Monica Amolo’s husband, Michael Amolo, reportedly engaged in an argument with his son over exams he had missed.
Mr. Michael Amolo was a paediatrician at Aga Khan University Hospital in Kisumu while Monica, former Homa Bay acting ODM chairperson, died in a car crash on February 10, 2015.
Family members narrated that Amolo came around to see his children on Saturday, April 23, but only met his two daughters as Junior had gone out. Then the doctor, they said, opted to wait for his son until midnight since nobody could specifically tell his whereabouts.
Lang’ata OCPD Elijah Mwangi said Amolo interrogated his daughters while waiting for his son, a student at Kenya School of Flying, Wilson Airport, about what possibly made him to skip his exams. On arrival the following day, Juinor met his father who has stayed overnight to hold talks with him.
Mwangi said his father asked him if he was ready to write the exams, but no good came by, as a bitter verbal battle was kicked off between father and son. Junior ran into the kitchen, got hold of a knife and slashed his father repeatedly. His sister tried to intervene, but he elbowed her and threatened to pierce her with the knife as well.
The girl dashed upstairs to safety, locked herself up, before calling for help as her brother pursued her upstairs threatening to harm her, Mwangi said.
Neighbours and some relatives along with police rushed Amolo to Mater Hospital after his daughter called for help. He died on Monday at the hospital where he was receiving treatments. The attacker was arraigned in court last week and was placed in custody, awaiting a hearing on May 5.
Homa Bay Senator Moses took to his Facebook profile to send a comforting message about Kajwang. He described Amolo as a “gentleman par excellence” and a man of composure, humility and keenness of thought.
Kajwang revealed that he spent time with the family in February at Thuon Gweno village, Ndhiwa, when they marked one year of Monica’s demise.