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Horror as Form Four student is lynched after hacking his mother to death

By Nyaboga Kiage September 21st, 2022 2 min read

Angry villagers in Kisii County on Tuesday lynched a Form Four student who allegedly hacked his mother to death. Mr Sebastian Mbae, 20, is reported to have killed his mother Ms Clemensia Getonto, 76, at her farm in Raganga area in Mosocho, Kitutu Chache South, Kisii County.

It all started when the suspect disagreed with an aunt and a bitter exchange ensued. It is then that Ms Getonto attempted to intervene, efforts which ultimately led to her death.

Nairobi News has established that Mr Mbae was at home for the September holidays which are expected to end next week.

The area chief, Mr Simeon Omwero, told the media that the deceased woman heard the commotion and rushed to calm down her son.

“The woman, who was in her farm, heard the commotion and rushed back home to arrest the situation. Instead, the son turned against her and killed her on the spot,” Mr Omwero said.

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It is then that the villagers cornered the suspect and stoned him to death. This is after Mr Mbae attempted to flee from the angry villagers who had already informed the authority of what had taken place.

The two bodies were then taken to the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital awaiting autopsy after the police processed the scene.

Detectives attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) are seeking to identify members of the mob that lynched the suspect.

According to the area chief, the deceased young man had a history of mental disorders which in the past led him to acts of violence.

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This comes at a time when the World Health Organisation (WHO) through the mental health department Director Derova Kestel is encouraging various governments to ensure that they set aside a budget that can deal with mental health.

“Countries must act urgently to ensure that mental health support is available to all.”

Kenya does not have a specific budget for mental health. The Kenya Mental Health Action Plan 2021-2025 by the Ministry of Health shows that only 0.01 percent of the national health budget is allocated to mental health.

The report says Sh250 per capita should be spent on mental health but Kenya spends 15 cents.

The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) cover is not comprehensive and private insurance policies are discriminatory.

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