If you have lived in Nairobi or have a friend in Nairobi, then you have a story of how the con men and women of Nairobi have their ways in your life.
Well, Kenyan celebrities have shared a couple of their encounters with conmen and women.
Kuconiwa is just a part of living in Nairobi, right? And there’s nothing you can do about it, but atleast by sharing your story, someone will read and they will be careful not to be in the same situations as yours.
Check out some con stories by our Kenyan celebrities;
Njugush is one of the most hilarious comedians in the 254. He will make fun about all situations. right?
Well, during a live session on his YouTube channel last week, Njugush was sharing stories with his wife Cele and the topic happened to be that of whether he has ever been conned.
Well, laughing Njugush narrated to his audience of his encounter with cons.
“Sometimes back, being obedient cost me alot. At OTC, I met some guys. Kulikua hadi na mama wa heshima nikaona kakitu kameroll mbele yangu, so they told me, eei kijana nisaidie kuokota hiyo kitu. Kumbe it was two hundred bob.
“As a pastors child, I did that respectifully and gave a guy who appreciated me for being ‘good’. He gave me the money. As I was about to go, he calls me and asked if I wanted to win so the money would double. They were playing ‘Kamare’. I joined in and tried the first time with their two hundred but nikakuliwa. They asked me how much I had. I was in high school and so, during the term, nilikua nimejinyima kabisa and had save five hundred bob to buy a radio. So I had five hundred in my pocket.”
Njugush says he does not understand how he removed his money and all of it was ‘eaten’ including his bus fare of a hundred bob.
Njugush was left begging people to contribute money for fare to get back home.
That was his con story.
Bien narrated how they were swindled out of their earnings following a show they did in Congo years ago.
Speaking on the Janjaruka series, Bien said the promoter put together a disappointing show in a small venue with a very small audience, to which they still gave their best performance.
“On the day of the show, we went to the venue at like 10 in the night! The venue was a ghost town, there were like 15 people in that place, and the sound was whack,” he said.
“We gave them a stadium show still and after the show, he was supposed to give us about $10,000 (Sh 1 million) as a way of finishing off the payment.
“He was like, ‘I’ll finish off in the morning before you guys go to the airport, I need to go to the bank’,” Bien recalls.
The following day, they woke up to find their hotel room hadn’t been paid for and it took some back-and-forth phone calls between the hotel manager and their promoter to get the matter settled.
The band were desperate to leave as it was December 24 and they wanted to be home for Christmas.
“So, manze, everyone is so desperate at that point because at that point I don’t even care about the money, I just want to leave. I just want to go,” he says.
They had to decide whether to chase their money with someone who already proved to be flaky or to just abscond and walk away.
At the end of the day, they were forced to make the difficult decision to walk away from the money and catch the bus that crossed the border into Kigali, where they managed to catch their flight back to Nairobi.
Bien advised artistes before performing anywhere to make sure of 90 per cent deposit, 10 per cent negotiable or before performing because once you’re on stage, it’s in God’s hands.
Media personality Janet Mbugua has narrated how she was conned while on duty.
Janet recalled how she went to the home of an alleged serial killer’s victim in Nairobi’s Lenana area to interview the family about the alleged crime.
Janet was working for a South African media and had come to Kenya for work. “It was in 2010, there was a trending story on Onyancha, who was allegedly a serial killer carrying out some gruesome murders in Nairobi,” she said.
“We finally identified a man who said his son was allegedly a victim and we decided and agreed to go but asked to be provided with extra security as we had very expensive equipment with us.
“All I remember is we went deep into the hearts of Lenana to capture his story.”
On reaching there, the alleged victim’s father tricked her and her cameraman to trust a group of men that he called in to help offer more security and protection for them and their expensive equipment.
He then went ahead to invite Janet to his home for tea, leaving the cameraman and driver, a group of four people, and they seemed legit.
“It was almost 5pm. The distance where I was going to record was short. I went to the house and got to know the family as I wait for the videographer to come so he films us,” she said.
“It took long, 10, 20 minutes and I was like, it’s taking long, why hasn’t he come back? It is almost 6pm, so I told them, we need to go check what was happening.
“The man who had led us to the house says lemme go check to make sure they are okay. He left the house and 10 minutes later, he ran into the house, saying, ‘Wameibiwa! Gari imeenda.
She says she was confused and all of a sudden, she remembered her handbag with her passport were all in the car.
She managed to locate a police officer who helped her go back to the hotel she was living in.
Janet and her cameraman were later that evening reunited with her cameraman with no shoes on, shaken and all their equipment gone!
“Everthing we had filmed in Mombasa was gone with the equipment, worth half a million. We just cried and we could not continue with our work, but we were alive,” she said.
“The man we were going to interview is behind this whole thing. He basically set us up!” Janet recalls her cameraman telling him upon his return.
They never got a chance to ascertain if the man’s son was an actual victim to the serial killer’s crime or if the whole thing was a fake set-up from the get-go.
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