According to News24 Police in Likuyani Kakamega County, Kenya have launched a manhunt for a
woman who burnt her 14-year-old daughter for wasting maize flour.
The woman, identified as Pelesia Saoke from Furfal village, is said to
have tied the victim’s hands, caned her then poured about a litre of
Kerosene on her before setting her on fire.
Confirming the incident, Likuyani OCPD Meshack Kiptum
said the victim was rescued by neighbours who responded in time and
saved her before informing the police who took her to Kitale hospital.
“The-14-year old girl is undergoing treatment as her private parts were
burnt and she needs counselling. The mother has gone into hiding but
police are surveying the area and she will be arrested soon with
cooperation from the public,” Kiptum said.
The officer urged parents to avoid imposing such inhumane punishment on
their children but look for other means of punishment. The victim’s
brother, Bonventure Okoth said her mother came back home around 6 pm in
the evening and found her elder sister frying the maize flour when she
“My mother tied my elder sister’s hands, beat her before she soaked her
with paraffin and burnt her before she went into hiding. She said she
was punishing my sister for misusing flour,” Okoth said.
Neighbours say this is not the first incidence as the woman is fond of beating up her children and threaten to set them ablaze.