An elderly woman was gang-raped and murdered in cold blood on Tuesday. According to relatives and police, the naked body was later dumped in a forest in the county.
Police and relatives said the body of Diana Maganga, 70, was found at Iyale forest near Lushangondyi Primary School. Her tattered clothes were found scattered at the scene where the body was discovered yesterday. The killers could have robbed her of an unknown amount of money, mobile phone among other valuables, the police and relatives said. The woman went missing on Friday before her decomposing body was found by villagers on Tuesday evening.
"It was a brutal and barbaric act. I have never seen such a thing happening in the area," said the slain woman's last-born son, Nicholas Mwakio at the Wundanyi Police Station where the family recorded a statement. Mr Mwakio, who is a tour consultant in Mombasa, said his brother-in-law and sister offered her mother a boda boda to take her to her destination but she declined. "After she declined to board a boda boda, I gave her Sh1,500 for use at home," said the granny's son-in-law, Rophus Mwakanyi. He said the woman had visited them at Murugua village in Bura location, Mwatate last week.
Leaders in Taita Taveta county have linked the Tuesday incident in which an elderly woman was brutally gang-raped and subsequently murdered to ritual killing. The leaders who included three members of the Taita-Taveta County Assembly asked the police to thoroughly investigate the killing of Diana Mkandoe Maganga, 70 claiming similar incidents had occurred in the area.
Speaking to The Standard in Wundanyi town yesterday, the MCAs among them Raymond Mwangola (Wundanyi-Mbale Ward), and two Nominated County Representatives Ruth Ilao and Rachael Dawai claimed the deceased private parts were removed by her killers. They at the same time claimed that a postmortem examination conducted at Wesu Sub County Hospital found out that the deceased eyes were also gorged out. "The postmortem examination conducted in our presence revealed that the deceased private parts were removed and eyes gorged out at that is why we are linking the incident to ritual killing," claimed Ms Ilao, a relative to the deceased. Mr Mwangola claimed there were several other similar incidents that had occurred in the area. "Two months ago, a similar incident occurred at Mgange-Nyika where a youth was killed in mysterious circumstances," said the ODM legislator.
He noted in one of the recent incident, a primary school girl was murdered at Marungu village in Wundanyi constituency and her private parts removed. "These rising incidents are disturbing and police should thoroughly investigate the alleged cases of ritual killings in the area before they go out of hand," noted Mwangola Ms Dawai who is also the county assembly Deputy Minority leader concurred with her counterparts saying there is need for state agencies to investigate the matter. "There is need for the relevant stakeholders to work together to adequately address the rising cases of rape, defilement and sodomy," said the opposition legislator. Dawai blamed the increased rape incidences to cultural decay among the local community.
Leaders say elderly woman’s rape and murder was ritual killing By Renson Mnyamwezi Updated Thu, November 24th 2016