Police in Kakamega have arrested a 38-year-old woman accused of burning her 8-year-old son’s hands on Thursday, August 6.
Nancy Mukongolo, a resident of Matete area in Lugari Constituency, doused her son’s hands in paraffin, wrapped weave hair around the boy’s fists and set it ablaze using a lit cigarette.
The victim’s grandparents, Jackton Shikuku and Agnes Jackton, say Nancy harmed her son after the boy, without seeking permission, ate two chapatis she had prepared Thursday afternoon.
“This is the second time Nancy is attacking her child over food. It is now time lawful action be taken against her, lest she kill the boy over food someday,” Shikuku said.
The minor said his mother attacked him shortly upon returning home from playing with his peers.
Geoffrey Bakuli, an official of Urafiki Initiative, a non-governmental body which advocates for observance of children’s rights, took the boy to a Lugari hospital, where he is receiving treatment for burn injuries.
Meanwhile, the child’s mother is being held at Matete Police Station as investigations into the matter continue.