BORROWER DENIES DEFAULT

Lender storms home of borrower, grabs livestock

Staff of financial firm backed by APs broke into Kitui compound to recover loan at night

In Summary

• Officers take away three cows, five goats and 10,000-litre water tank

•Wife's hand was injured and she was struck during raid  

Cosmas Munyi shows the documents he used to service his loans at his Kathivo village home in Kitui county on Thursday.
CIDs Cosmas Munyi shows the documents he used to service his loans at his Kathivo village home in Kitui county on Thursday.
Image: MUSEMBI NZENGU

Police in Kitui are investigating an incident in which officers from a financial services firm stormed the home of a borrower and took off with his cows and goats.

Cosmas Munyi of Kathivo village said staff from Kabati Financial Services Association raided his home at night by cutting the padlock at his gate to gain entry while the family slept.

Munyi said the FAS officers were later joined by armed APs. They acted outside the law because they had no powers to recover loans through such barbaric ways, he said.

The man said he has been repaying and had not defaulted. The incident happened last month.

“I had acquired a loan of Sh95,000 and a tank worth Sh96,000, which I was servicing by the agreed monthly instalments. I had not defaulted by the time the officers struck and took away my animals,” Munyi said at his home on Thursday.

The officers took three cows, five goats and the 10,000-litre tank. The raiders injured his wife on the hand and hip. On Thursday, Munyi showed the Star his wife’s P3 form.

He complained that police investigations had taken too long as the raid took place on  February 16.

Kitui county police commander Lydia Ligami confirmed detectives were investigating.

Ligami said the Kitui CID boss who was not in at the time will provide details on the investigations.