A woman burns herself and two children to death in Lugari.

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The late Vuyanzi with her family
The late Vuyanzi with her family

Grief has gripped  Lugari station B  Village in Lugari Sub-County,  after a 35 year old woman burnt herself and two children to death Saturday night.

Helen Vuyanzi is alleged to have doused parts of the house with petrol, locked herself  and three sons inside before lighting it up.

According to Mr. Stephen Okila  a family member, he was called by his cousin Thomas Amito who is the husband to the deceased informing him that his house was on fire.

“I rushed to his house, and confirmed that it was true  that it  was on fire. Unfortunately, my cousin’s wife and her two sons Wisdom Hosea and Baraka Chris  aged four and one  years  respectively had already been burnt beyond recognition. The couple’s eldest child, a boy aged 10  managed to escape through the window,” said Okila.

The two children who died after their mother set them on fire
The two children who died after their mother set them on fire

Okila said he was not aware of any conflict between  his cousin, Amito, and his wife.

However, speaking  on condition of anonymity a close neighbor to the family  said that the deceased and her partner had been having recurrent domestic wrangles.

“The two were in regular feud, with the woman accusing her husband of infidelity. We didn’t expect that their issues would end in a tragedy,” said the neighbor.

Hellen Vuyanzi who set herself and her children on fire
Hellen Vuyanzi who set herself and her children on fire

Confirming the incident, Lugari Sub-County Police Commander, Bernard Ngungu said Vuyanzi had accused her husband of infidelity.

Lugari residents in the deceased's compound (
Lugari residents in the deceased’s compound

“We had earlier Saturday counseled Vuyanzi and her spouse, Thomas Amito, after a domestic dispute between them. The deceased had accused Thomas of cheating on her with another woman,” said Ngungu.

Police say the mother-of-three might have bought petrol from a local filling station, and used it to set her matrimonial home a blaze.

Bodies of Vuyanzi and her two sons  were taken to Webuye County Hospital morgue.