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Five-year-old fighting for his life after uncle chops off his private part

A five-year-old boy is nursing serious injuries at the Nairobi Women Hospital after his uncle allegedly chopped off his genitals at Wumingu location, Taita Taveta County.

The Tuesday night incident occurred at Matasenyi village in Wundanyi constituency after the minor was reportedly left in the company of his uncle.

Wundanyi OCPD Benjamin Muhia said the suspect, identified as James Mwawana, turned against the minor who had arrived from school and committed the inhumane act.

“The suspect allegedly picked a knife and chopped off the minor’s genitals without a reason,” he said.

The OCPD said that the suspect was arrested by angry villagers who seriously beat and frog matched him to the police station.

“The suspect was in critical condition so we took him to Dawida Hospital as police continue with  investigations,” he said.

Mr Muhia said that angry villagers had vowed to lynch the suspect should he be released.


“The suspect was senselessly beaten by the angry mob before he was brought to the police station. We will arraign him in court after he is discharged  from hospital,” said Mr Muhia.

The OCPD said the 27-year-old man will be arraigned in court and stand trial for committing the heinous act.

He said that the minor stays with his uncle and his grandmother and that at he time of the incident, his grandmother was at the market.

Area nominated MCA Mary Mngola, who took the minor to the hospital, said his uncle was charged with the responsibility of helping the minor change his clothes after arriving from school.

“His uncle normally help him change his clothes because his grandmother is at the market,” she said.

Police reports indicates that the minor’s cousins raised alarm when they saw the suspect assaulting the boy.

The nominated MCA said that the suspect disappeared after committing the offence but was later cornered by the residents.


“The minor’s friends raised alarm that the suspect was strangling him, the suspect escaped when his elder brother arrived to rescue the victim who was bleeding profusely,” she said.

According to police records, the minor reported to his uncles that he was feeling pain on his private part and upon undressing and checking him, they found that his genitals had been chopped off.

The police said that the minor’s private parts that had been chopped off is yet to be recovered.

“Due to the suspect’s unsound mind status, he could not remember where he had placed the chopped part,” the OCPD said adding that investigations had been launched to find the missing parts.

“It’s sad that until today, the minor’s body parts are still missing since the suspect cannot cannot remember where they are,” said Mngola.

The minor is fighting for his life at the Nairobi Hospital while the suspect is recuperating from the injuries sustained during the beatings.

The suspect was transfered to Wesu sub-county hospital where he is receiving treatment.