DCI orders arrest of Wendy Waeni’s former manager Joe Mwangi

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has today issued an arrest warrant for the fomer manager of child star Wendy Waeni.  Joseph Mwangi Nduta alias Joe is wanted by authorities in connection with forgery and issuing threats to the child star’s manager Magdalene Mbele.

“Mr Joseph Mwangi NDUTA alias Joe whose photos appear below is #Wanted by @DCI_Kenya Detectives in connection with the Forgery of a Letter purporting to be from a Cabinet Secretary threatening the complainant- Magdalene Mbele of some consequences,” the DCI tweeted.

KOT had been calling for the arrest of Mwangi after Wendys interview with Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange two weeks ago in which she said she has never received money despite touring the world with Mwangi.

Joseph Mwangi
Joseph Mwangi, Wendy Waeni’s former manager

” I have performed all over the world but I’ve never gotten a penny from it and that is because of my previous manager,” Wendy said during the Wednesday interview.

The girl said she lives in a single room with her mother in Nairobi’s Huruma estate. Wendy is a gymnast and Unicef Ambassador and has performed for Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Paul Kagame of Rwanda. Wendy said her mother sells sweets and cigarettes late at night to raise money to pay rent.

He used to give us small amounts – Wendy Waeni’s mother says about manager

While speaking on the Chipukeezy show on Ebru TV after the allegations came out, Joe clarified that the only trip he accompanied Wendy for was to Rwanda following an invite from President Paul Kagame.

He further dismissed Wendy’s claims that she has not received a penny from her performances, posing “which parent in this world will allow his/her kid to be misused for not 1 month, not 1 year, but 5yrs?”

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He used to give us small amounts – Wendy Waeni’s mother says about manager

Wendy Waeni was all over the news last week after her famous interview on JKL live. The famous gymnast shocked many viewers when she claimed that her ex-manager, Joe Mwangi wasn’t doing right by her and her mother.

Wendy had claimed that she hadn’t received money for performances she had done from her manager. She also alleged that he had also taken possession of her social media accounts refusing to relinquish them.

Wendy Waeni and other guests on JKL
Wendy Waeni and other guests on JKL

Magdaline Syombua was with Wendy Waeni in the Radio Jambo studio on Monday and explained that she used to receive small amounts of money from her daughter’s ex-manager, Joe Mwangi.

Wendy Waeni’s mother allegedly threatened after Jeff Koinange interview

Syombua said Mwangi used to go with Waeni to events and even meet up with politicians who would give them tokens such as money. She told host Massawe Jappani;

I am very proud of my daughter and happy about it, but I am disappointed she never used to get what she duly deserved. Some time back, they used to go out together for events, they would even meet up with honourables who would give them money. So he used to give me small amounts, like KSh 20,000, then he would keep the lion’s share.

Wendy Waeni's mother
Wendy Waeni’s mother

Wendy’s mother claimed that Joe would get angry whenever she would ask her about the rest of the money. Her admission somewhat contradicts Wendy’s claim that she never received a cent from Mwangi despite having travelled the world for several shows.

Her sentiments were echoed by her mum who said the ex-manager took all the money Waeni used to make during her shows. But Joe in a quick and tough rejoinder while being interviewed on Chipukeezy’s show on Ebru T.V denied the claims, saying that he only travelled out of the country once with Wendy.

And that was to Rwanda where he claims he received only Ksh. 100k from the mother.

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Wendy Waeni’s mother allegedly threatened after Jeff Koinange interview

Jeff Koinange’s interview this past week is getting a lot of buzz and the reasons are entirely out of his control. The man interviewed celebrity gymnast Wendy Waeni and she revealed some troubling things about her manager, Joe Mwangi.

Magdaline Syombua, her mother spoke to Citizen TV yesterday at their home in Huruma, Nairobi and said that many Kenyans are questioning why she lives such a humble life yet her child is famous, saying;

Out there people know me as Wendy’s mother. They know me very well but they keep asking why I still live here.

Wendy Waeni's mother
Wendy Waeni’s mother

She also narrated that she had met controversial ex-manager Joe Mwangi in 2014 when they entered a deal. She explained;

He told me that he would arrange performances for Wendy and if her talent was discovered, he would know how to work with her from there. At one point I asked him, are there no proceeds from all these places you’ve been taking Wendy to perform at?

Question Jeff Koinange asked that made Wendy Waeni cry

She remembered that Joe answered that he was only promoting her daughter which didn’t translate into monetary gain. She also alleged that after the Wednesday evening interview elicited many public reactions, he had resorted to threatening her. She told the reporters;

Now that the situation has boiled over, he threatened me. He stated that he was no longer willing to pay for Wendy’s passport adding that the person who took us to Citizen TV should take care of everything.

Joe-Mwangi with his former client Wendy Waeni
Joe-Mwangi with his former client Wendy Waeni

When Wendy appeared on Jeff Koinage’s show she painfully narrated how her former manager had exploited her. She told him;

I have been performing all over the world Jeff. I know you know that. Right now, I live in Huruma because of Joe Mwangi. Jeff to be sincere with you, I’ve been performing all over like Rwanda, Germany, China and I haven’t got a single penny. My mum is really suffering now as we talk. I know she’s working right now, she sells sweets. I live in a single room in Huruma now Jeff.

Wendy Waeni
Wendy Waeni praying

On learning of the allegations on Wednesday evening, Mwangi took to social media and said that Wendy’s reactions were false saying that he had never travelled with the 14-year-old at any point in her gymnastics career.

Despite the talent manager denying reports, footage emerged of Joe and Wendy meeting Rwandan President Paul Kagame in the past.

 

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Question Jeff Koinange asked that made Wendy Waeni cry

Yesterday, Jeff Koinange hosted probably the most heart-rending and emotional episode on his highly rated JKL show that airs on Citizen T.V.

Jeff hosted young guests; Wendy Waeni, Ellyanne Githae and Leyla Mohammed. The girls were engaging and told stories that brought sadness and joy alike.

Jeff Koinange's show, JKL
Jeff Koinange’s show, JKL

Wendy is a gymnast, Ellyanne is a nature enthusiast and Leyla Mohammed is a musician. The 3 were asked why they were only talking about their mothers and not their fathers during the interview.

Ellyanne Githae with Matiangi
Ellyanne Githae with Matiangi

Ellyanne narrated as she struggled to hold back tears;

I met him for the first time in 2017, he left us because he said Kenya was not a good place to live in and then now, he is really forbidding what he said. The first time I went to meet him I was so excited, it went well but I did not like the first expression of my cat.

Ellyanne Githae with Uhuru
Ellyanne Githae with Uhuru

The Citizen TV anchor turned the question to Miss Waeni while trying to calm down Ellyanne, who was crying uncontrollably.

It was really tough with my mum alone. Back then she didn’t have a job and he just left us. He is my dad, I have never had a male figure in my life, so I would like him to get in touch. Yes, dad, I forgive you, I don’t know where you are but I forgive you, please just come back home, I miss you.

Wendy-Waeni
Wendy-Waeni

She said all these as she tried to hold herself together. Leyla then jumped in to try and lighten up the sombre mood. The 14-year-old told the anchor that her father had also left her at a young age but she was strong despite it. She said;

Think of the positive side, I can bravely say that I am the head of the family now. For me I forgave him a lot time ago and I wish him the best of luck.

Leyla Mohammed with Uhuru
Leyla Mohammed with Uhuru

A pan-African study in 2013 claimed that 6 of every 10 Kenyan women are likely to be single mothers by the time they reach 45, one of the highest rates for single-parent families in Africa. The study by two Canadian sociologists shows that Kenya has one of the highest levels of children born out of wedlock on the continent.

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