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Woman murdered by tenant in property ownership row

15 November 2012, 12:20 Alloys Msuyoka

The body of a woman who owns Sailfish club in Malindi was found in a septic tank in her premises in what is seen as murder by his tenant over ownership tussle of the club.

Lilian Mwende is said to have been murdered on Sunday night before she was dumped in the sewerage tank where her body was found decomposing.

It is alleged that the Dutch national, Emiricus Vandewerf, who claims ownership of the over  KES 70 million shilling property is behind the murder of the woman.

According to her lawyer Maurice Kilonzo, his client had arrived in the country two weeks ago and found her the man had claimed ownership of her property though his documents were not original.

Mwende's lawyer went on to add that she had reported the case to Malindi police station where she was asked to file the case in court.

“She directed me to file the case and we had obtained orders to serve the claimed owner of the property (the Dutch national) before proceedings began,” he told the media.

Kilonzo said that he traced the lady on Monday so that she could sign affidavit forms in order to facilitate the proceeding of the case but th call was not going through.

He sent his juniors to present his client with the papers for signing but they were denied access to the house.

“My juniors were denied access to the premises but later the police called me and said that my client was found dead and her body dumped in a septic tank,” he lamented.

Kilonzo said that Mwende had genuine documents of ownership since she had constructed the club with her late husband back in 198.

Her husband died in 1995 and Mwende had to leave the country to follow up the inheritance of their two children.

“She was traveling frequently back and forth since her husband died but someone came and forged papers top claim ownership of her property," Kilonzo explained.

Before she died Mwende had complained of receiving threats from the Dutch national over the property dispute.

“The same person also found me in a hotel taking tea and asked me why I was following up on that issue and I told him that I wanted to ensure that the rights of individuals are not infringed,” he asserted.

He called on the government to intervene and ensure that those behind the murder are brought to book.

“It is so sad that someone can be killed because of following up her own rights,” he said.

Malindi district criminal investigating officer John Ndung’u said that they had already arrested six suspects, among them the Dutch national.

He said that they are interrogating them and they will be taken to court.

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