Nyeri: Man's house torched for using dead brother’s title deed to secure loan from shylock

Nyeri: Man's house torched for using dead brother’s title deed to secure loan from shylock

Leah Wanjiru's home which was destroyed by shylocks after her brother-in-law took a loan using her late husband's title deed.

  • Shylocks visited Leah Wanjiru's home armed with a court order and destroyed her house.
  • She has now been rendered homeless following a debt she says she knows nothing about.

Angry residents of Kanjuri village in Nyeri County burnt down the house of a man accused of taking a loan from a shylock using his dead brother's title deed, leaving his brother's widow at the mercy of shylocks.

The shylocks are said to have visited Leah Wanjiru's home armed with a court order and destroyed her house so that they can lay claim to the land.

Wanjiru has now been rendered homeless after debt collectors destroyed her home over a debt she says she knows nothing about.

“Mashylock walikuja wakabomoa kwa sabau walipeana pesa, na mimi sijui,” she said.

She is at loss, struggling to comprehend the magnitude of her problems. She has nowhere to turn to, with the only piece of property in her name under threat yet she has not received a penny for it.

“Si mimi kuuza shamba, ni huyo brother ya bwana yangu ameuza shamba…na shamba yake iko,” she added.

It is alleged that her brother in law took a Ksh.200,000 loan from a shylock in Karatina town, offering her title deed as collateral, and after he failed to pay, the debtors instead came knocking at her door.

“Askari wamekuja na wenye wamenunua shamba na wakaharibu kila kitu hapa, mwenye aliuza shamba ni ule babangu mdogo, sio sisi, hakutupatia kitu,” narrated Wanjiru’s daughter.

Angry residents torched the home of Wanjiru's brotherin-law for taking advantage of her situation and borrowing money using her title deed.

“Hii nyumba imechomwa ni ya huyu mzee alichukua loan, watu walikasirika,” said a neighbour.

“Tuko na uchungu mwingi, hawa watu wote wameacha makazi zao sababu ya uchungu, sababu huyu mama hana kitu, ni vibarua tu,” added another.

With the foregoing, family members and locals have vowed not to rest until Wanjiru gets back her land from the shylocks.

“Tunataka, haki ya mjane ipatikane, shamba yake arudishiwe. Mwenye alikula pesa shamba yake iko,” they said.

The shylock declined to speak to Citizen TV on the matter.


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