A German investor has claimed his life is in danger after his Kenyan girlfriend allegedly stole and disappeared with Sh5.4 million from his villa at Harbour Key cottages in Malindi.
Reiner Hans Hermann Kreplin, 66, claimed Mercy Adhiambo Achieng took the money from the villa they shared together and has been receiving threatening messages from anonymous people since her disappearance.
Kreplin said he was forced to abandon his house after the incident and has since been moving from one town to another fearing that his former lover could be trailing him with a gang.
The investor said he had just returned to Kenya with a huge amount of money to buy a second villa at Harbour Key cottages which were to bear the names of the two, only for Achieng to take part of the cash and disappear.
Apart from buying the villa, Kreplin said he had plans to invest in a multi-million irrigation project and a recycling plant in Ganze Constituency, Kilifi County, both at a cost of Sh5 million.
”I reported the matter to Malindi police station after she went missing. We went with the police to my cottage only to find the suitcase broken into and Sh5.4 Million in foreign currency missing,’’ he said.
Kreplin said that the police said they would pursue the missing fiancee with a view to prosecuting her for a criminal offense but they have not been successful in tracking her down.
Malindi police said they are aware of the report of the theft but have not been informed of the alleged death threats.
Malindi Deputy Sub-county Commander Simon Muli, who was with the newly-deployed Sub County Police commander John Kemboi, said he knew about the missing woman.
Speaking in his office, Kemboi said he would follow up on the matter but advised Kreplin to report to any police station for the Directorate of Criminal Investigations sleuths (DCI) to track down the woman.
”Tell him to go to the nearest police station wherever he is and report the matter, the DCI will take it over and action shall be taken against the culprit,’’ he said.
Kreplin, in an interview at a location he did not want to be disclosed for fear of being tracked, said he first came to Kenya in January 2019 as a tourist from Ethiopia where he initially wanted to invest.