BY PHILIP KIPSONGOK IN NANDI COUNTY.
A middle-aged man from Nandi North Sub-County has been arrested after he fatally stabbed his girlfriend at Kaiboi Technical Institute in Nandi County on Monday.
Mathew Yego, 22, is said to have fallen out with Faith Chepkorir, 20, while they were queuing for breakfast at the institution’s dining hall.
According to students at the technical institute, the suspect, a Nandi resident, was infuriated that his girlfriend, a Kericho native, had “fallen in love” with another male student, who hails from Nyanza.
“It is alleged – here in school – that Chepkorir fell for a man, who is running for an elective seat in the students’ body union. The union seat aspirant hails from Nyanza, and the 20-year-old spent a better part of her time campaigning for him. Yego felt shortchanged, and demanded to know why she was committing to a man ‘from far-off land’. That confrontation at the dining hall is what resulted in the fatality,” said a student at technical institute.
Kaiboi Location chief, Wilson Serem, says Yego, a student pursuing a course in plumbing, confronted his girlfriend, a secretarial course student, demanding to know “what he lacked; and as a result, led to her cheating on him”.
“During their argument, Yego brandished a kitchen knife from his pair of trousers and stabbed Chepkorir thrice – in the head, ribs and chest, killing her on the spot,” said Mr Serem.
The suspect attempted to flee the scene, but was cornered by fellow students, who beat him up, inflicting serious bruises and cuts to his body.
Police, however, arrived at the scene in time before the irate learners could further harm the suspect.
Yego was rushed to Kapsabet County Referral Hospital, where he is receiving treatment.
Authorities say he would be arraigned once he is discharged from hospital.
Police had to engage the students in running battle as they protested against the killing of their colleague.
Chepkorir’s body was taken to Kapsabet County Referral Hospital mortuary.