Sitaki mama yangu! Teenager hangs self after being denied chance to live with her dad

Residents of Mai Mahiu estate in Naivasha are in shock after a class six girl committed suicide following a domestic quarrel with the family.

The 12 year old girl from Ngeya Primary school hanged herself in her mother’s bedroom to protest a move to separate her from the father.

Trouble started a year ago when her parents separated over marital issues with the father opting to live in a different town.

According to an eye witness Kimani Kamau, the deceased visited her father two weeks ago and did not want to return and stay with her mother.

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Kamau said when the mother realized her daughter had failed to go back home as promised she travelled to Limuru town to forcefully pick her.

“As a means of protest, the minor hanged herself after class and her lifeless body was found hours later in their house,” he said.

Kamau added that the minor had been complaining of mistreatment from the mother opting to instead live with her father.

At the home a somber mood engulfed the residents as they tried to come to terms with the tragedy that befell them even as police moved in to collect the body.

Mai Mahiu OCS Ezra Sambu confirmed the incident saying the body had been taken to the Naivasha sub county hospital mortuary as investigations commenced.

“We learnt from neighbors that there was young girl who had committed suicide and initial reports show that she had been frustrated as wanted to live with one of the parents,” he said.

Meanwhile a senior government official is counting losses running to millions of shillings after a fierce fire broke out in his house in Kayole estate a few kilometers from Naivasha town.

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The fire wiped out everything with efforts by residents and fire fighters to put it off being futile though no one was injured.

A resident Robert Mwangi said before the fire broke out the area had experienced sporadic power black outs which had destroyed electronic equipments in various homes.

“We suspect that the fire started as a result of an electric fault but police have started their investigations following the incident,” he said.

A senior police officer who did not want to be named confirmed the incident saying they were investigating the cause of fire adding that initial reports pointed to an electricity fault.

-The Star/ Anthony Gitonga

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