When Lucy Wanjiru left the country in 2018, her two sons and only children were there elated to see their mother fly to the United Kingdom in search of greener pastures.
But when she returned to the country this morning, she was welcomed by gloomy faces, not those of her sons, but of dejected relatives.
Her children are no more and she is here to bury them.
Shortly after landing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi and seeing sad faces waiting for her, she broke down and wept uncontrollably.
“Oh God, why did this happen! My children…” she cried.
The brokenhearted mother then collapsed. She was stabilised a few minutes later.
Wanjiru’s sons, Victor Mwangi and Fredrick Mureithi, were murdered on Sunday last week by herders in Kitengela, Kajiado County, in a case of mistaken identity. The brothers’ two friends, Mike George, and Nicholas Musa, were also lynched.
The four young men had had an eventful day, celebrating the birthday of one of them.
However, on their way home, one of the motorbikes developed a mechanical problem. They stopped in the Kisanju area at around 6pm to repair it.
Tragically, a local resident spotted their parked bikes and raised the alarm, thinking they were cattle rustlers.
Herders arrived at the scene immediately and without listening to them, speared the quartet to death before torching their expensive motorcycles.
The attackers dumped their bodies at a riverbank.
Police picked up the remains of the four later that night and ferried them to the City Mortuary, where they were booked as unidentified people.
Families of the four are asking the police to bring the killers to book.
As of this evening, no suspects had been arrested, but detectives said they were still investigating the incident.
Mwangi and his brother, Muriithi, will be laid to rest on Friday at the family’s rural home in Nyandarua.