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Kitengela housing agent beats up woman over rent arrears

Pauline Achieng laying on floor of her house after she was knocked down by an agent over house rent arrears in Kitengela on Tuesday night.
Pauline Achieng laying on floor of her house after she was knocked down by an agent over house rent arrears in Kitengela on Tuesday night.
“He attempted to pull me out of the house while my child was suckling. I held on to the door. When he failed to pull me out, he hit me with a fist on the head as he rained kicks on my waist and stomach,” added Aching.

A housewife is nursing injuries in Kitengela after a housing agency employee beat her on Tuesday for allegedly failing to pay house rent balance.

The incident which took place at 7 pm occurred at Danco Apartments Estate that is managed by a local investment agency in the town.

Pauline Achieng, while narrating her ordeal from Kitengela Sub-County Hospital, said the man she identified as the agent went to her house and demanded a balance of Sh 13,000, being rent balances that accrued from April.

“I told him my husband has not come back from work and I did not have the money at the time. He again told me he wants to lock the house and therefore I should walk out with my 6-month baby so he could lock it,” said Achieng.

Achieng said she refused to walk out and insisted the man should sit in the house to wait for her husband to arrive.

“He attempted to pull me out of the house while my child was suckling. I held on to the door. When he failed to pull me out, he hit me with a fist on the head as he rained kicks on my waist and stomach,” added Aching.

She said she could only remember the last kick on her stomach that caused her to blacken out. She later found herself at the government medical facility at night.

Her husband, James Muturi, said he arrived at her house soon after the incident and was forced to hire a taxi which he used to take her wife to the hospital.

Muturi said when he arrived at the apartment, the man who had beaten up his wife was still in the apartment, and when he confronted him to explain what happened the man only said Achieng first hit him on the face.

Achieng’s neighbours, who turned up immediately after the confrontation, said they took over the infant from his mother when she blacked out.

Muturi said they have lived in the apartment for the last 5 years with his wife and that they have never failed to pay their house rent.

“The Sh 13,000 they are asking for accrued when businesses went down following the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. I even paid them Sh 4,000 last week,” claimed Muturi.

Our Effort to get a comment from the alleged investment agency did not bear fruits as no one picked our calls.

Kitengela police confirmed the incident and said the victim had recorded a statement at the local police station on Wednesday after she was discharged from hospital.

Police said they have launched an investigation into the incident.

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