My life is in danger, says woman who rejected Uhuru gift house

A middle-aged Nakuru woman, who last month declined to move into a house that President Uhuru Kenyatta gifted her, now claims her life is in danger.

Damaris Wambui Kamau, the mother of a 13-year-old boy – Master Ngaruiya – who left President Kenyatta in a hearty laughter in October 2014, claims an unknown group of men has been trailing her.

She alleges that the men stormed her mud house located in Lanet on Tuesday.

“If it is because of a house that I should lose my life, I end my pursuit for it,” Ms Kamau told EDAILY on Wednesday, March 6.

“Yesterday [Tuesday, March 5], a group of men, who I don’t know, drove to my place and forcefully demanded to see me. They directed their vehicle’s headlamp rays to my house, maybe, in a bid to prevent me from seeing their faces. One of them ordered me to move to where he was. I sensed danger and fled the scene,” said Ms Kamau.

The single parent claims “they drove right behind me in a bid to see where I would go”.

“I, however, managed to hide in one of the houses. That was the point they realised they couldn’t reach me, forcing them to drive off,” said Ms Kamau.

She says she has since filed a police report on threats on her life.

“As I am speaking to you, I am just from the police station,” she said Wednesday afternoon.

Ms Kamau claims an unknown person has been calling her on phone, and when she picks up, the voice on the other end warns her against talking to the media about the gift house she rejected.

“Currently, I even fear picking calls from new numbers because I do not know what could be the caller’s intention,” she said.

Asked to share details of where she filed her formal complaint for purposes of follow-up, Ms Kamau said: “No, they might use that information to try trace me”.

“I am too young to die; I am too young to leave my son motherless. Rejecting the house has landed me in deep trouble. Though, I would like to clarify that I have since left my pursuit for that house. I have come to terms that it was given to another family, and there is nothing I can do to either repossess it, or get a new house built for me,” said Ms Kamau.

“I am just urging those who are after my life to know I have no issue, whatsoever, against them,” she said.

Ms Kamau blames top Nakuru county officials for her woes.

Ms Kamau, whose son, Ngaruiya, recited a poem to President Kenyatta during the Kenya Defence Forces Day celebrations at 3KR Barracks in Lanet, Nakuru, on October 14, 2014, lost a Ksh2 million house to a needy family after she rejected the building for being “substandard”.

The 2-bedroom house, which has electricity connection and running water, is located at Murunyu in Bahati, Nakuru North.

Nakuru North Deputy County Commissioner Mutua Kisilu confirmed that the singled out needy family had already moved into the controversy-ridden house.

EDAILY has reached Nakuru police boss for comment.

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