Former Ambassador Chirau Ali Mwakwere 's cousin has been left counting losses estimated at Sh8 Million after a hotel he owned was destroyed in a fierce fire.
The Mwachale Beach hotel belonging to Mwakwere’s cousin, Mwamlole Tchappu, was razed to the ground by the inferno.
No casualties were reported in the incident, however, police officers have launched investigations.
Tchappu claimed the fire was an act of arson and alleged that it may have been politically motivated following a petition filed at the Mombasa High Court last week challenging Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya’s victory.
The former Ambassador's cousin is challenging the election of Mr Mvurya, claiming the polls were marred by massive irregularities and non-compliance with the Constitution.
“I cannot rule out politics in this fire, coming shortly after filing the petition. I am however not blaming the fire on my opponents, but I cannot rule out politics. I am not saying it is Mr Mvurya, but it is political,” he stated.
Tchappu noted that he had also started receiving death threats from unknown people, adding that he had already recorded a statement with the police.
Last month, Mwakwere, who was vying for Kwale's gubernatorial seat on a Wiper Party ticket, demanded a repeat election despite Mvurya taking an early lead in the August elections.
The former Ambassador claimed that IEBC officials who were manning various polling stations had tampered with the results.
Mvurya, who was vying on a Jubilee Party ticket, garnered 119,914 votes against Mwakwere’s 29,491 votes.