In Summary
  • The 13-year-old boy and his 15-year-old uncle bet on a game of cards last week.
  • When the boy won the game, his uncle refused to pay the agreed amount of Sh100.
  • They fought, and on Sunday evening the boy hang himself.

A 13-year-old Standard Four pupil in Kilifi County committed suicide after his uncle refused to pay him Sh100 he had won in a bet.

Evans Kadenge from Chumani Village was found hanging from the ceiling of his room on Sunday evening.


The pupil and his uncle, only identified Peter, 15, quarrelled three days ago over payment for a bet.

They had been playing a game of cards and had reportedly agreed that the loser would pay the winner Sh100.

But the boy’s uncle later reneged on the bet, leading to a fight.


Kilifi OCPD Alexander Makau and Kilifi North Deputy County Commissioner Selina Maitha confirmed the death of the pupil, but they said an investigation has been launched to uncover the circumstances that led to the boy’s death.

“We have our detectives on the ground to ascertain what exactly happened. This is too much. We believe there is something more, which needs to be unearthed over that death. It is very sad,” said Ms Maitha.

The DCC said that the government would hold barazas, following the increase in gambling and other illegal games in the area.

“We shall carry out barazas beginning this week to sensitise our people on these new dangers. Our investigation team will also carry out a crackdown on illegal gambling that is quickly taking root to make sure that it is eradicated in the county,” she said.

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