In Summary
  • Reports indicated that they were home alone at the time of the incident as their mother had gone to a market.
  • Kisii County Police Commander Martin Kibet said the minors may have been murdered after identifying the killers.
  • Cases of the defilement, and sometimes murder, of minors have been on the rise in several parts of the country.

Two sisters aged four and nine were on Wednesday evening defiled and then murdered at their guardian's home in Kenyanya village, Kisii County.

Reports indicated that Diana Kwamboka and her younger sister Stevan were had returned from school at about 2pm.

The older girl was in Grade 1 and the younger one in PP1 at Kenyenya Primary School.


The guardian, businesswoman Gladys Kerochi, left the girls at home at about 3pm and headed to the market..

It was while they were home alone that they were attacked.

Ms Kerochi's relatives said she and her husband Mason Kerochi, a teacher, had been taking care of the girls for about four years.

One was their grand child and the other their niece.

“They have three children who live outside Kisii so they brought the two girls to stay with them,” said James Ayubu.

Gladys Kerochi, murdered Kisii girls' guardian

Gladys Kerochi, the guardian of two sisters who were defiled and then killed at Kenyenya village in Kisii County, is comforted by family and friends on July 11, 2019. PHOTO | BENSON AYIENDA | NATION MEDIA GROUP


Mr Kerochi, a teacher at Riokindo Primary School, told the Nation that his wife had a meal with the children before leaving to attend to her small business.

He said that when he went back home, he knocked the gate but there was no response yet the girls usually rushed to let him in.

Mr Kerochi then decided to jump over the fence.

He found the body of one of the girls a few metres away, with the blouse around the neck and no underwear.

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