Drama ensued in a dowry payment ceremony in Tana River after a mother disappeared with ksh 170,000 meant for her daughter leaving her immediate family shocked and her in-laws stranded.
According to reports, the mother, Anne Maweni, feared that her in-laws would con her.
Suspicion grew after elders preciding over the ceremony discovered that the bag which they had been given by the husband's family containing the ksh 170,000 was full of wrappers. It is yet to be established when and how the money was exchanged with the papers.
According to her sister, Veronica Meilu, the suspect woke up in a very good mood and was busy the whole day welcoming and serving guests with drinks and food with nothing seeming out of the ordinary. However, no one saw her exchanging the money and leave the ceremony.
On noticing that the money had been stolen, the elders decided to carry on with the ceremony to avoid embarrassments and did not notify the in-laws chosing to later settle the matter behind closed doors.
Some of the elders however claim that it was a planned theft between the two sisters after efforts to reach the suspect failed.
Meilu has however stated that she had nothing to with the theft and she did not know where her sister was. The matter was reported to the police who have opened an investigation and have asked members of the public who may have any information about the whereabouts of the suspect to come forward.
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