A Naivasha lady accused of killing her four children says she was steered into the act by evil spirits that originated from her ex-boyfriend.
The 42 year old Beatrice Mwende, 42, says she was possessed and believes that whatever happened is just a nightmare. Instead, she blamed the former ex-boyfriend for the deaths. They went separate ways in 2019.
Charged before a Naivasha senior resident magistrate Yusuf Baraza, Mwende noted that she was in pain and trying to come to terms with what had occurred.
Looking poised, the mother of six described how she killed the children one after the other on Friday night before going to bed.
Earlier, she had written a detailed letter that highlighted the frustrations she had gone through, before the ordeal that has left Naivasha residents bewildered.
The letter written to her eldest son elaborates her troubles that included failure to pay house rent since April. She was also incapable of coming up with Sh 1,400, which was meant to clear her electricity bill. This further pushed her to the misfortune.
“I know I belong to jail…in fact I know I will spend the rest of my life behind bars but I am prepared for it,” the hand written letter reads.
In addition, the letter reveals where she wanted her children to be buried, noting that she had bought new outfits for them to be adorned during the burial.
“I have already purchased the dresses,..” She quoted the Bible –John 14.1 (Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me), imploring her son to find strength by reading the verse.
Mwende, a trained mathematics teacher, working with a Naivasha based NGO, expressed regret for her action and pleaded for mercy, saying she did not know what she was undertaking.
“My former boyfriend had some powers that he would use to control me and on that day he and his evil powers led me to kill my four children,” she said.
Mwende noted that on the 26th day of every month, she would be possessed by demonic forces that commandeered her to do things out of control.
“I’m hoping that this is a bad dream and I will wake up and find my children healthy because I would never hurt a fly.” Said Mwende
The children have been recognised as Melody Warigia (eight), Willy Macharia (six) –both pupils of Milimani primary school, Samantha Njeri (four) and Whitney Nyambura (two).
Mwende will be held by police for seven more days and is expected in court on July 6.