A farmer in Minyali Village, Mautuma Ward, Lugari Sub-county, is overcoming a horrifying end-of-year nightmare after a fire, believed to have been started by unknown people, burned down two acres of her sugarcane plantation.
Minyali Village elder Joseph Muliro told the Western Kenya Times that the fire started at around 5 p.m. on Friday. He received the news and rushed to the scene, where he found a large part of the plantation belonging one Miriam Makina engulfed in the inferno.
Residents managed to put off the fire before it spread all over the three-acre plot.
“For now, investigations are ongoing, and when the culprits are arrested, they will face the full wrath of the law,” the village elder said.
Timothy Muyale, a Nyumba Kumi elder, suspected the arsonists to be some rogue youths. He called on young people to respect other people’s property.
The Western Kenya Times managed to talk to Mirriam Makina, who stays in Kakamega, through a phone call. She expressed her shock, saying that she had plans for the cane.
“It is not good at all. How can you start a fire in someone’s farm and destroy all of her hard work? I am disappointed about it, and I hope the law will take its course,” she said.
Tom Lutali is a seasoned scribe based in Lugari Sub-County in Kakamega County who writes human interest stories and sports for WKT.