Kenya tycoon Tob Cohen murder:
Estranged wife building hotel in rural villag
An upcoming hotel belonging to Sarah Cohen at Njigari village in Nyeri county.
According to the villagers, the couple used to frequent the project together and would spend their nights in a semi-permanent prefabricated house in the same compound.
The neighbours say that the couple gradually stopped visiting the project together.
The Dutchman would visit alone while the wife would come in company of strangers, they said.
Ms Wairimu visited in March and June while the man was last seen there around April.
Her neighbours in Njigari say Ms Wairimu bought the one-acre land at an area bordering the Aberdares forest over five years ago and is in the process of putting up a hotel, whose construction seems to have stalled.
In his last tour, the deceased took photos of the upcoming facility and cautioned the neighbours against talking about his visit to strangers, suggesting that the hotel could be part of a dispute the couple was locked in before Mr Cohen was murdered.
“The Mzungu (Cohen) used to be friendly and outgoing. He would engage in general talk with us. But in his April tour, he appeared cautious and did not speak much,” said one of the neighbours, Solomon Muchiri.
In March, the estranged wife reportedly visited with people in “posh cars”.
The local residents say the contractor and the workers left the site the same month.
“Ms Wairimu was last here around end of June, and she was in company of another woman.
They spent some time and left,” said another neighbour, David Muriithi.
The construction of the hotel appears to have been targeting people who prefer rural hideouts to unwind.
During some of the visits, neighbours say Ms Wairimu would be accompanied by armed police officers from Munyange Police Station.
Police are trying to establish the motive for the murder of Mr Cohen, whose remains were found in an septic tank in the compound of their posh home in Kitisuru, Nairobi.
Before he disappeared, the couple was involved in a messy divorce case, a fight over a multimillion-shilling property, and an assault case Mr Cohen had filed against his wife.
A former East Africa CEO of Philips Electronics, Mr Cohen founded Tobs Kenya Golf Safaris in 1991 and luring thousands of golf enthusiasts to tournaments in Kenya.
Last year, Tobs Kenya Golf Safaris won Africa’s best “Golf Tour Operators’’ Award during the 2018 World Golf Tourism Award ceremony in Spain.
Former Gatundu North MP Patrick Muiruri, who says he had known Cohen for 30 years said, “Cohen was a rich man. He was a very sharp man with money.”
However, the former MP was reluctant to go into details of the properties Mr Cohen owned and what might be his net worth.
Lawyer Judy Thongori, who represented Mr Cohen in the property dispute, declined to discuss her client’s financial affairs.
Lawyer Philip Murgor Saturday insinuated at a press conference that the Dutch businessman had fallen into hard times financially and was seeking to sell family property.
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