23-year-old arrested while carrying uncle’s head in a sack

A 23-year-old man from Mwandolo Village in Bura Ward, Mwatate Constituency in Taita Taveta County, Kenya has been arrested on suspicion of killing his uncle on Wednesday night.

Ali Mwinyi Rajab is alleged to have chopped of the head of his uncle, Festus Machila, 45, following a dispute between them.

Mwatate OCPD Monica Kimani said Rajab was confronted early Thursday when he was seen carrying a sack that had blood dripping from it.

When locals overpowered him and opened the sack, they discovered he was carrying the head of his uncle, a resident of Mochi Village, which is located 5 kilometers from Mwandolo Village, where the suspect lives.

Machila’s body was found in his house on Thursday morning.

Neighbours say the last time they saw the deceased in public was on Wednesday (May 27) 4pm.

It remains unclear what led to the rage that resulted in Machila’s death.

The deceased was taken to Moi County Referral Hospital morgue in Voi.

Rajab is being held in custody at Mwatate Police Station as investigations into the matter continue.

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