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Defaulter scalds bank employees with hot tea

Monday August 5 2013

 Equity Bank at Riteti Plaza in Kajiado. Three employees of Equity Bank, Nyamira branch were over the Saturday scalded with hot tea by a customer from whom they had gone to recover a defaulted loan of Sh90,000. 

Equity Bank at Riteti Plaza in Kajiado. Three employees of Equity Bank, Nyamira branch were over the Saturday scalded with hot tea by a customer from whom they had gone to recover a defaulted loan of Sh90,000.  

By HENRY NYARORA

Three employees of Equity Bank, Nyamira branch were over the weekend scalded with hot tea by a customer from whom they had gone to recover a defaulted loan of Sh90,000.

The trio who were among five bank employees escorted by a female armed administration police officer had gone to the home of the loan defaulter in Nyamira Township and tried to confiscate household electric equipment when they were burnt.

The defaulter, name withheld, Monday said he was shocked when the bank officials invaded his home and forcefully took his TV and a computer to recover the loan.

“I wonder why the bank decided to take my property instead of recovering the same from my guarantors as is the norm,” he said.

The security officer watched helplessly when the officials were burnt by the irate loan defaulter, a primary school teacher in Nyamira County as two others escaped with the electric equipment.

The incident occurred on Saturday evening but the bank officials had not made any report to police by Monday.

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The loan defaulter however made the report to Nyamira police Monday over the incident.

Nyamira County Deputy Commissioner Danis Kirui confirmed the incident and blamed the bank officials of misusing the AP assigned to guard financial institution.

“The AP was assigned to guard the bank premises but not to be used to recover property loans from defaulters,” Mr Kirui said.

When contacted, the bank branch deputy manager George Baloba said it was only the bank branch manager who was away who could comment over the incident.

He declined to give the Nation the mobile telephone number of the manager for further inquiries.