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Pipeline tenant does the unthinkable after caretaker asks him to lower music volume

NAIROBI
By Mireri Junior | June 28th 2021

The tenant spent the better part of Monday removing his household items after being ordered to vacate the flat. [File, Standard]

There was drama in Pipeline Estate, Embakasi on Sunday, June 27 after a tenant assaulted a caretaker's brother and threw a used condom in the flat's underground water tank after the caretaker switched off his electricity over loud music.

According to the flat’s caretaker Francis Ondari, Godfrey Wafula stormed his house while he had gone to the shop and stabbed his younger brother on the head with a screwdriver before dumping a used condom in the underground water tank minutes after he switched off his power.

He told The Standard that he switched off Wafula’s power from the master switch after he refused to reduce the volume of his music system despite complaints from his neighbours.

“He was playing loud music forcing his neighbours to complain. I went to him thrice and told him to reduce the volume but he declined,” said Ondari.

He said when his neighbours returned to him with the same complaint for the third time, he switched his power off from the master switch before leaving for the shop.

In a rage, Wafula armed with a screwdriver stormed Ondari’s house claiming he was interfering with his privacy and attacked his younger brother while asleep.

Neighbours said they heard Wafula asking loudly why the caretaker always interfered with his privacy as he attacked the young man.

After stabbing his victim, Wafula opened the lid of the flat’s underground water tank near the caretaker's house and dumped a used condom in the water as a punishment to the caretaker.

"This is your punishment for invading my privacy," he shouted as he opened the slab covering the tank and hurled the condom inside.

The victim who is out of danger said he was asleep and was not aware of what was happening when the seemly angry Wafula attacked him in his bed.

“I was still asleep when he descended on me, I am in a lot of pain,” the victim told The Standard after being discharged from the nearby Penda Hospital.

A section of the tenants reported the matter to the flat’s management who moved in and ordered the tenant to vacate the building.

Once the story spread among tenants that a used condom was dumped in the water, they declined to use the water until it was removed.

“We want the caretaker to remove his [Wafula's] seeds first before we can use that water for cooking or bathing,” said Eric Mulei.

Ondari said they have been forced to empty the reservoir so that they can clean and disinfect it before they can use it for keeping water.

“We have no otherwise we have to remove those things and clean the tank before we can use it again,” he said.

Lydia Wakhungu, urged the management to ensure the underground tank is locked to curb such cases in the future.

"It is scary because we use this water for cooking, someone can get angry at the caretaker and poison us here. They must find a solution to this unpleasant incident," she said.

When contacted for comment, Wafula who was moving out of his one-bedroom house denied using a screwdriver to attack the victim terming the incident a small fracas.

“I didn’t attack him with anything sharp, it was a small fracas,” he said before hanging up.

He also denied throwing the used condom into the water tank, saying he was a married man and no longer uses them.

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