Most of these cases involve young Kenyans who have either lost direction, overwhelmed by their fortune or simply disillusioned by a society that has become so costly to live in.
Nelly Njoroge a psychologist at Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) says that these cases were there before only that the recent ones have happened at a close interval. She explains that poor upbringing of children is one of the root causes of all these happenings in society.
“In all these cases, when you look at the family setup of all these victims or persons involved in these cases, you will find that they were raised up by a single parent or the usual values, limits and principles were not well instilled when they were growing up,” says Njoroge.
She holds that the reason there is little mentorship in the upbringing of children in this day and age is because parents are busy looking for money to support their family and the children are left at the mercy of teachers and house helps.
“Some parents are absent not because of work but they are not able to instill any values on their children because none was instilled in them.”
According to the psychologist, parents at some point are not keen on their duty of mentoring their children as it is expected and due to that majority of Kenyans in this generation lack principles and limits. She however blamed the cost of living for contributing to the rise of these atrocities in our society.
“Years back in the family setup, people used to visit each other and keep that closeness but since the rise of the cost of living, few people can afford to entertain family gatherings or visits,” she explains.
She elaborates that it has reached a point where entertaining and interacting with neighbours has become costly. “Time is limited and people want to sort out their issues and when they have time they utilize it to rest and due to that, relationships between neighbours are scarce. People are becoming more and more isolated as a survival mechanism.”
The Government, she holds, should also be held responsible for these crimes. “If they had provisions to cushion the common mwananchi from the high cost of living, these cases could be fewer.”
“When poor people cannot stretch their budget to accommodate the high cost of living, they get frustrated and that is when problems start to rise in families and from there you hear a person has committed suicide and has killed his entire family,” says Njoroge.
She adds that the Government should put aside money for the poorest people to support them with just buying food for their families at least to cushion them from the rising cost of living.
The psychologist further urged religious leaders to be keen on what is happening to their members and counsel them on how to handle situations as they arise in their families and also offer support to the poor.
Ms Dzilla is a journalist.