Landlady torches tenant's house after rent dispute

Police officers have since arrested the suspect who shall be arraigned in court to answer to the charges.

A house on fire (Twitter)

A family in Mumias, Kakamega County, spent the night of Thursday November 4, 2021 in the cold after their landlady set their house ablaze, over a disagreement on payment of house rent.

According to a police statement on Friday, Caroline Mukolwe, the owner of the property had approached her tenant last evening demanding house rent arrears amounting to Sh800.

The tenant - 40-year-old Teresia Ayeng - however, could not raise the total amount at the moment it was demanded.

Instead, she offered the landlady Sh400, pledging to clear the balance in a few days but the seemingly impatient landlady would hear none of her pleas.

Police say she rushed back to her house and came back running holding a bottle full of kerosene and a matchbox. She then entered the tenant’s house, doused her beddings and clothing with the kerosene and set it ablaze reducing the poor woman’s belongings to ashes.

As Ayeng tearfully watched all her earthly possessions valued at Sh47,000 go up in flames, the landlady triumphantly paced up and down the scene of the fire in jubilation, the report narrates.

According to eyewitnesses, Ayeng who could not come to terms with what had befallen her, having tried to plead with the landladyin vain.

Police officers in Mumias have since arrested the suspect who shall be arraigned in court to answer for the charges against her.

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