Detectives in Kitui County are investigating an incident where rental houses worth over Ksh 10 million were demolished by hired goons under unclear circumstances.
Mutethya Lii, the owner of the rental houses at Kasiki area along Kitui-Kibwezi road, said she incurred losses amounting to over Ksh 10 million after a man showed up at her place with a tractor and started uprooting her trees and later brought down her houses.
On questioning him as to why he had decided to cut down the trees, the man started hurling insults at her while issuing threats.
“When I asked him why he had decided to storm into my compound and started cutting down my trees he started insulting me and threatening to beat me up and hire people to rape my daughters,” she said.
Later that night, Mutethya, her daughters and the tenants were woken up by the sound of the bulldozer bringing down the houses.
“Property worth lots of money was destroyed including the vehicle of one of my tenants that was parked at the compound. All my tenants luckily escaped unhurt during the demolition,” explained Mutethya.
Tenants who included students at South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) and Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) Kitui campus incurred losses as the debris from the demolition buried their belonging including books, clothes and beddings.
“I had left for home over the weekend and only got called by a friend who lives here informing me that my room had been demolished among the many. I got back on Sunday morning only to find out that my belongings worth over Ksh 35,000 including a laptop that I had just acquired were nowhere to be seen nor found,” lamented Lucy Mutie, a student at SEKU.
She then decided to report the matter to the police but stated that no action was taken.
Mutethya is crying out to the county government to come to her rescue because she claims that her tormenter had been moved from the road reserve and got into her land.