A 48-year-old man from Muhoroni, Kisumu County, is being held by police after allegedly beating his 15-year-old daughter to death for leaving home without his permission.
Maurice Owino Owaga was arrested and taken to the Chemelil Police Station after he was caught red-handed trying to bury the body of the minor.
The suspect’s 14-year-old daughter is also said to be nursing serious injuries sustained during the same beating.
Confirming the incident, Deputy County Commander Erick Wanyonyi said Mr. Owaga will be arraigned in court and charged with murder.
Mr. Wanyonyi warned parents not to turn to corporal punishment on their children even as the long holiday occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
It’s an inhumane thing to do for an adult to asault a minor to an extent of ending such a young life. It marks the end of the dreams of a future leader. It is a heinous act which needs to be condemned in the most serious terms possible.
Let me be the advocate for the devil, the antagonist, the very parent who is in police custody. What occasioned Mr. Owaga to hit the daughters? This man must have been very frustrated. He may have warned the girls severally. He may have heard many embarrassing reports of the daughters from within and without. What does a responsible parent do in such a situation where he has to deal with numerous cases of indiscipline from the children? Discipline them. Train up a child in the way he/she should go so that when he/she grows up, will remember.
Indeed, the covid-19 pandemic legacy has been made early within half a year of it’s attack on humanity.
Who failed to instill values in this girls of Mr Owaga? The teachers, or the parents, or the government,
or the community? There is is a lot that needs to be done in the educational system so that all stakeholders work towards value -based education to address the frustration parents having had to carry the whole burden of raising upright children. The learners are our responsibility whether at school or at home. If there’s a link between parents and teachers to engage our children especially during this pandemic, would be a wise thing to do.
Mr. Owagas are many at the moment and they come in the shape of : domestic violence, child sexual abuse, drug and substance abuse, and decadence of societal values. Parents need help, and they need it fast.