A family in Mumias, Kakamega county, was forced to spend the night in the cold after their landlady set their house ablaze, over a disagreement on payment of rent.

According to a police report, Caroline Mukolwe, the owner of the property had approached the tenant on Thursday evening demanding house rent amounting to Sh800.

Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said the tenant, who could not raise the total amount immediately, offered the landlady Sh400 pledging to clear the balance in a few days.

“But the seemingly impatient landlady who would hear none of her pleas for more time to raise the rest of the money, rushed back to her house and came back running holding a bottle full of kerosene and a matchbox,” Kinoti said in a statement via Twitter on Friday.

“She entered the tenant’s house, doused her bedding and clothing with the kerosene and set it ablaze, reducing the poor woman’s belongings to ashes.”

The 40-year-old tenant, Teresia Ayeng was forced to watch helplessly as her possessions valued at approximately Sh47,000 went up in flames.

“…the landlady triumphantly paced up and down the scene of the fire in jubilation,” the police said.

Police officers in Mumias arrested the suspect who shall be arraigned in court to answer to her crimes.

By The Star

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