Police in Trans Nzoia County are detaining socialite Shay Diva Africa over allegations of stealing a vehicle belonging to a deceased Asian tycoon.
Shay whose real name is Sheila Wairimu was arrested in Kitale on Friday evening and was placed in custody pending further investigations and arraignment on Monday.
The 30-year-old socialite and musician is accused of accessing tycoon PJ Dodhia Kumar’s TIMs/NTSA account and transferring ownership of a Toyota Prado V8 to herself without following due processes of succession. Kumar, who is said to have been Wairimu’s lover, passed away on April 22nd at the age of 61.
Wairimu’s arrest came after the family of the deceased filed a complaint with the police, saying that Kumar only gave the car to her on a “use and return basis” since they were in a relationship.
“After the owner of the vehicle died, she changed ownership within four days. The deceased’s wife authorized one of the relatives to make a report of any property owned by the deceased,” Trans Nzoia DCI officer Francis Kihara said.
Records from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) show a transfer of the car’s logbook was done by a person who logged into Kumar’s TIMs account at 11.45 pm on April 26th, four days after his death. The authorization of transfer was granted at 2:00 pm the following day but there were no supporting documents from the owner.
Detectives tracked Wairimu to Kitengela where she lives and towed the vehicle to Buruburu police station and later to Kitale where she was arrested while trying to reclaim it.
“She initially made attempts through lawyers to block us from pursuing the matter but failed. She came on Friday in an attempt to recover the vehicle but we arrested her instead,” Kihara added.
On her part, Wairimu claims the luxury car was transferred to her without her knowledge and that she learned about it when she logged into her NTSA account.
She will be charged with stealing, obtaining property by false pretenses, and interfering with a deceased person’s property.