A family from Gatanga is demanding justice for their seven-year-old daughter who died after allegedly being poisoned by an angry neighbour.
The class one girl is reported to have differed with a form two neighbour friend, who in a fit of self-righteous rage, is suspected to have poisoned a mango and given her to eat, leading to her death.
The family of the deceased is now demanding for justice and calling upon police to swing into action.
The girl’s father, a peasant farmer, said on the fateful day his daughter had gone to fetch charcoal from their grandmother’s house at around 5pm, when the suspect lured her to their house and offered her a chopped ripe mango.
“Not knowing the fruit had been poisoned, she ate it and instantly started vomiting blood before she collapsed in a coma,” they said, adding that she had been accompanied by a younger brother who said he was denied the fruit.
“I heard screams by my son calling out my name. I hurried to the place only to find my daughter lapsing into unconsciousness. As she narrated how she was given a mango by the neighbour, poisonous foam was coming out of her mouth. Her hands were filled with juices of the mango. At the scene was my son and the suspect,” he said.
He said he took the girl to Assumption of Mary dispensary in Kaguku market, which is a few kilometres away where she was put on drugs but later pronounced dead.
The father reported the matter to Ithanga police post and recorded statements and said a post-mortem report showed that she had died of chemical poisoning. The suspect was arrested and later released.
They have called on the government to intervene and have the suspect brought to book. “The family is poor and given the slow pace in which investigations are going, we fear the girl may not get justice. Why is the suspect still roaming freely?” said her aunt.
Gatanga OCPD Beatrice Kiraguri said they have opened an inquest file of the case and investigations are ongoing.