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Angry Residents Set On Fire Homestead After Shylock Demolished Widower’s House.

Angry residents of Kanjuri village in Mathira, Nyeri County on Thursday evening set on fire a homestead after a shylock demolished a widower's house.

Trouble arose when a shylock along with police officers from Karatina police station arrived at the home of Leah Nyambura and demolished her house affirming that her brother-in-law had failed to pay a loan of Ksh 200,000 which had accumulated up to Ksh 600,000.

The Police officers briefed the family that the shylock had attained an order from a local court to kick out Wanjiru, since her parcel of land had been used to secure a loan.

However, when news of Wanjiru was received by villagers who regrouped and occupied the home of Nyambura's brother-in-law who ran away and torched it saying that his parcel should have been taken by the shylock as he is the one who benefitted from the reported scheme.

Nyambura's elder brother-in-law, Moses Gichuki, said that his younger sister had enraged their late father and obtained the mutation number of his late brother parcel which he used to borrow from the said shylock.

Gichuki said “My brother had cheated our father and had obtained mutation numbers, he picked Nyambura late husband one which he borrowed 200,000 with hence the problem,”

A ‘nyumba kumi’ representative Karigu Mwangi said that they had pronounced the issue by determining that Nyambura’s parcel should remain and the one who took the loan should follow the court’s order that the court had ruled otherwise.

Beatrice Muthoni, a church elder, said that the community is aggrieved due to the fact that they had built the house for the widower due to her poor state, yet her gifts had been abandoned.

Muthoni said "We as a community feel that the shylock had used underhand dealings to steal the woman land yet the person who stole is scott free and enjoying his land rights,”.

When the shylock was contacted, she refused to speak on camera, saying she kept on the due process of the court to obtain the land after being granted the original owner with default.

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Karatina Mathira Moses Gichuki Nyambura Nyeri County

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