An 85-year-old woman from Majivuni Village in Majaoni, Kilifi County collapsed and died Thursday evening while being interviewed by journalists.
Sukani Bajila was expressing her disappointment over the alleged grabbing of her land, when the incident occurred at 4pm.
Bajila said her step-son had unscrupulously sold her 12-acre parcel of land to a local tycoon, and that she was rendered homeless as a result.
Bajila was urgently taken to Kilifi County Referral Hospital, but doctors confirmed that she was already dead at the time of her arrival to the facility.
Two days ago, the buyer of Bajila’s land brought down her house, saying he wanted to construct commercial properties on the parcel of land.
Also affected, were Bajila’s 35 neighbours, whose land was allegedly irregularly acquired by the same buyer.
The affected persons alleged that the tycoon, who “illegally” took over their land, has been threatening to harm them with his gun should they stop him from demolishing structures on the contested parcels of land.
“He does not have even one title deed to his name, which shows he is the true owner of the land that he grabbed,” said one of the affected persons, who sought anonymity.
They now want the Government to intervene, saying they have lived on the contested land for at least 20 years.
Bajila’s body has been preserved at the Kilifi County Referral Hospital morgue awaiting postmortem.