BY Gilbert Kobi and Ragira Makori
A group of unsuspecting land buyers in Menyinkwa, Kisii have obtained an injunction barring the burial of a woman said to had defrauded them of millions of shillings in fake land sale scheme.
At least seven buyers and a women’s self help group are affected in the land purchase scheme losing more than Sh 10 m of their earnings.
Ms Otiso is said to had hanged herself on Thursday last week forcing a scramble by customers who wanted to know the status of their land before she was buried.
The land in contention was identified as parcel no.14974 Boburia in Nyaribari Chache Boburia.
Joseph Maina Kuria, one of the buyers said they had not been shown where their parcels are despite paying money for it.
Joining the six others in the petition filed at the Kisii Law Courts Tuesday, Kuria and group now want their money refunded before the woman is allowed to be buried.
“We were lucky to have come in time to present the case in court otherwise her family was intending to take away the body for the burial today, “said Mainya.
He said most of the aggrieved members had taken loans to buy the land.
Daniel monda, a father to a son who had sent money from America to be bought land said they did not know they were entering into a fraudulent scheme in paying for the land.
“We have already spent Sh 2.1 million as initial payment for the land which is now not existing, “he said.
Other affected buyers include
Jackson Onsare who said he had lost Sh 2 million in the sour deal
Local provincial administrators got concerned after the number of buyers kept knocking on the homestead wanting to know the status of their land now that the seller had died.
The Court ordered that the burial be put on hold until the matter is heard and determined.