The whole drama started on Friday October 13 when after posting a picture of a vehicle, I wanted to sell, on OLX Kenya official social page.
The alleged road accident a Mzungu woman posing as customer was involved in.
A white lady posing as an interested party, thereafter, sent a text inquiring whether it was my vehicle.
She requested that I send the interior images of the vehicle to her WhatsApp number 0751566433.
She told me that she is ready to purchase it but first we should arrange how we can to start the process.
The woman proposed we meet the following day, Saturday, if I was available. We scheduled to meet at 11.00am since she was coming from Narok to Nairobi.
On Saturday morning at around 7.33am, she sent a text alerting me that she was on her way from Narok heading to Nairobi purposely to see me.
I wished her a quick and safe journey, and after almost one and a half hours, she called informing me that she had a small accident of which I responded and told her I am somewhere very noisy and will call her back soon.
I called her back at around 10.00am. Amidst sobs, she informed me that she hit and killed two cows belonging to a Maasai herdsman.
The woman, while sobbing on the other end, told me how the herdsmen were planning to burn her car, and that already they had snatched the car keys from her.
She further explained to me that she could not understand what the Maasai morans were talking about in Kiswahili.
She requested me to intervene by talking to them because she could not understand what they were talking about.
I told her to give the phone to the alleged owner of the killed cows and as she took it to the man, I could hear Maasai war song from the background.
The man told me…”Hii mama ni mang’aa sana. Namuongelesha ananikondolea macho hapa tu na haongei. Mimi tachoma hii gari yake na nimchome yeye pia. Ameua ngombe zangu mbili. Haki ya nani mimi hasamehei hii mama mzungu. Kama hatalete elfu arobaine saa hii, saa hii atanitambua. Wacha nikaite maasai wengine huyu mama atakupigia akilia akichomeka.”
I told him to cool down and give the phone back to huyo mama mzungu.
When she came on, I told her that the Maasai is demanding Sh40, 000 as compensation but I advised her to involve the police on this issue.
She calmly declined to involve the police saying it will complicate issues more, and she will end up paying a lot more.
She argued that even though the two cows are not worth Sh40, 000 she will all the same give them the money rather than involve the police on this.
On the background, I could hear the Masai threatening to burn the car. She requested me to remove her from the mess by speaking to the owner of the dead cows by promising him that all shall be well.
I asked the lady to pay the Maasai if she had the money of which she said she had only Sh10, 000 in cash, and that the rest is in the bank.
She wanted to give them the Sh10, 000 she had so she can be allowed to go and withdraw the balance from the bank.
I relayed the plan to the Maasai but he declined the offer. He told me; “Usinichukue mjinga nikiwa na hii mzungu. “Mimi hapana jinga na najua hiyo ni njia ya kutoroka. Mimi hapana kubali hiyo. Mimi amekataa.”
I pleaded with him to an extent of offering myself to travel to Suswa and stand for the lady so that she can leave me with her vehicle as she goes to get the Sh30, 000 which is a balance.
I asked her to call her friends so that they can sort her out since am just a stranger trying to assist her but she told me she was barely one month old in the country.
She said she is based in Narok where their noble work is to assist the needy and that the only friend she has went for a burial and was not picking her phone.
I could hear the lady utter words amidst our conversation…”Oh my God, what do they want to do now, they have surrounded my car.”
I called the Maasai again and this time he was more hostile than before. I had to find means to calm him down and explain to him that it was impossible for him to get money if he won’t either stay with the car or release the madam to go and fetch money for him or either still; he accompanies her to the bank.
He told me she can’t leave his livestock and he wants to move ahead to graze them. We bargained and came down to Sh35, 000 as compensation.
I asked him if he gets half of that amount if he will release the lady to go and get the balance of which he accepted.
So I informed the lady of the new developments. She insisted she only has Sh10, 000 and asked me If I can assist her and remove her from that mess so she could refund and reward me with extra Sh5, 000.
“I am very uncomfortable here, kindly remove me from this mess I beg you, trust me, I am a Church woman and I can never lie,” she told me.
I called myself for a brief meeting with myself. I asked myself, what if it’s me who is in such a situation in a foreign land. Not even in a foreign land,…hapa hapa tu mbele ya Ruiru. I checked on my WhatsApp messages and found that she had sent some images of the scene of accident.
There lay two dead cows and a vehicle registration Number KBR 423G. My doubts were over.
This must be a genuine case and I might be very ungodly if I don’t assist that mzungu hata kama simjui. I remembered Mother Teresa…. I also remembered our own Baba Teresa a.k.a. Ndungu Nyoro.
I remembered the words, “Service to Humanity is Service to God” – Here is a lady who was coming to buy my car and she was involved in a road accident and she is now in trouble because of me.
If I choose to ignore her and her vehicle is burned down, is such a vehicle worth Sh35, 000, if they harm her, is her life worth that amount?
I called her once more, and asked her, what do we do now? She said; “If you could only add me Sh10, 000, I will be comfortable with that and in two hours time, I will come and refund your money as I buy that car you are selling”. Without a second thought, I sent Sh10, 000 to the Maasai and the message showed the name Munamai Yohana Memoriki of phone number 0712350164 as receiver of the amount. I called the number to confirm and he confirmed receipt.
I told him to get the other Sh10, 000 from the Mzungu and release her. I also assured him that in two hours time he will get his balance money through Mpesa. He agreed.
Two minutes were not yet over and the Maasai was calling me back. “Hii mzungu yako nitachoma sasa, mnanichezea nini haki ya mungu msiniongeleshe tena nyinyi sasa. Angalia ile pesa huyu mama mang’aa ananitolea, pesa fake, pesa ya manjano, pesa sijawahi ona maisha yangu yote. Anafikiria mimi mjinga sijui pesa, eish!” he said
I was lost for words. I told him to give me a minute. I called the mzungu and asked her why she was embarrassing the Maasai and the game was almost over.
She told me she has U$100 and it is equivalent to Sh10, 000. I asked her; “And you are giving 100 dollars to a Maasai herdsman?”
I got angry but restrained myself because already she owed me Sh10, 000 and Sh5, 00 as appreciation for assisting her.
I had no other option but to sweet-talk the Maasai to accept some other Sh5, 000 and take the situation as it is for I had no other money in the Mpesa account.
He had to accept on condition that I will be the one to send the balance after two hours because he doesn’t want to deal with that silly mzungu again.
I sent the Sh5, 000 to him amounting to Sh20, 000. Immediately, he released the Mzungu she informed me that she was very thankful. I wished her a safe journey and urged her to drive carefully lest she gets herself into another trouble.
It was approaching 1pm when the woman said she was leaving the accident scene.
At 3.30pm, I enquired how far she had come towards Nairobi from Suswa. She said she was past Limuru. Nikajua huyu mzungu anakuja tu. Pesa yangu nitapata na nimuuzie gari. I started to celebrate.
She told me that her phone was low on power, and I give her some moment to switch it off so that as soon as she comes near Nairobi, she will give me a call.
She told me that she was traumatized by the accident and she is driving at a very slow speed. I understood her. Nikamwambia zima simu basi. I had no problem with that juu ikizima tutacommunicate na nini.
It was around 5 pm when she gave me a call. I was very patient with her for I had gained full confidence and trust.
She told me she has just been arrested by police and that she does not understand what they are telling her. She gave the officer her phone and we talked.
He told me; “Mmkubwa, huyu mama mzungu tumemshika na tunampeleka police station juu inaonekana amefanya accident pahali, indicator light hakuna na hana police abstract.”
I pleaded with them nikawaambia I don’t know that lady but nilimsaidia na sioni kwanini pia wao wasimsaidie.” He then told me; “Kama wewe hapana jua yeye ni biashara gani hii mko naye. Nyinyi ni wale mnauza mercury hapa? I became irritated for I knew his motive.
I pleaded with him to write an abstract for her and show her the shortest route to Ngong road. He told me the fee required for an abstract is Sh3, 500. I asked the mzungu to deal with him if she has the money but told me she has not changed the dollars because she didn’t want to waste more time on the way.
I talked with the officer and asked him to assist her but he insisted that I send Sh1000 and she will get the abstract and the receipt for the same.
He gave me his number (Ibrahim Mumia – 0702779688). Add another one thousand to Sh20, 000. The lady was grateful once more and promised she will refund all the money I had spent.
It was approaching 6pm and something told me that it was better we meet in town so that I get my refund and plan about the car which might be the following day on Sunday.
I told her to drive to town and when she is somewhere convenient, she can alert me so that I can find her.
I remembered some words of advice from my wife when I told her am going to meet a stranger. She told me it’s advisable to be in a company of another person isiwe yuko na motive mbaya.
I left my place of work at almost 6.20pm and by 6.45pm we were in town with one of my workmates.
I called her and she told me to meet her at Hilton Hotel. Within no time we were inside the hotel demanding to see our guest.
We calmly sat at the reception area and made another call. She told us she is in Hilton, Double Tree. The security informed us that Double Tree is on along Ngong Road and that is where she might be.
I called her once more and confirmed that indeed, she is in Double Tree, Ngong road. We headed there at supersonic speed.
By the time we reached at the gate, it had started raining. We were treated as guests by the security personnel who were very friendly.
They covered us with umbrellas from the parking area to the reception. We sat comfortably and made another call. This time, her phone was off. I was not amazed because I knew it might happen any time.
I went around the hotel checking any guest lady who might be sitting alone. I went asking those lonely white ladies whether I am the one they were expecting.
I found none and went back to the security desk at the gate. I narrated my story and told them am sure her phone might be off due to low power.
We went through the parking at the basement but didn’t find her car. I went to her WhattsApp account to check her image again. She had removed her photo and her status.
I tried to call but the reply was “The number you are trying to call is incorrect, please check the number and try calling again”.
That’s when I told my colleague;”Hapa naona kama nimechezewa – I have been conned” And that was it. The Maasai’s phone was off, the police officer’s phone was off; the mzungu’s phone was off too until this day.
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