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Kenyan woman cons well wishers of Sh18 million by making false cancer claims

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Jambonewspot is reporting that a Kenyan woman identifying herself as Betty Emmy has raised Sh18 million from unsuspecting well wishers under false pretenses after claiming she has is suffering from multiple types of cancers.

The woman is said to have been targeting unsuspecting Kenyans through social media crowd sourcing.

 

She claims to have cancer of the liver, blood and spleen and proclaims herself as a cancer warrior. Now her victims who include those who helped her raise the funds want her to be probed for fraud.

The mobile number used by the ‘patient’, Betty Emmy, was found to be registered in the name of one Beatrice Emmy Ochieng.

She had been posting posters on Facebook luring her victims to donate. Her account has since been taken down.

“Betty Emmy” made several “emotional” appeals in posters posted on Facebook where in one, she says she was diagnosed with stage four primary liver cancer and stage three secondary lung cancer, which she claimed to have recovered from.

In subsequent posts however, she claims that her situation had turned for the worse and that she was now admitted at a London hospital where she has gone into remission.

“I experienced a recurrence of secondary gastric cancer stage four and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia stage three (brain metastasis) and I am currently battling one primary cancer and three secondary cancers. Please help Betty continue with her treatment in London,” reads the poster.

The patient had also affiliated herself with a reputable cancer organization in a bid to raise money. The Eddah’s Hope Cancer Foundation has since disassociated themselves with her saying that they now believe that her story was just a story to raise money and likely a case of fraud.

A lady identified as Julie Muriuki who had been helping the “patient” in raising funds said she first met her in October 2016 when she had organized a birthday party at Kenyatta National Hospital and the “patient” showed up.

Betty Emmy is said to have pulled the heart strings of everyone in attendance and after the event she started asking for money.

At the time she claimed she had leukemia, kidney failure and spleen damage, and that her treatment would cost her Sh273 million.

A Whatsapp group “Friends on a Mission” formed by Muriuki raised Sh18 million for Betty through public pledges the group. Betty at the time claimed to have liver cancer and intended to seek treatment in the UK.

One of the flyers Betty Emmy used to solicit funds for her "cancer" treatment

One of the flyers Betty Emmy used to solicit funds for her “cancer” treatment

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At another instance she reached out to the group seeking Sh12 million but they demanded pictures from her.

However, she got really upset and even refunded Sh5,500.

London’s Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead however did not have a patient under that name after being reached for clarification several times.

“Betty Emmy” however insisted that her claims were not made up and even said that she would be returning to the country to face those accusing her of fraud.

She would however not reveal the name of the hospital where she was seeking treatment nor the names of the doctors treating her..

“I want to come and clear my name,” she said.

The “patient” had also duped another family in Kenya to take her in and they have since recorded a police statement at the Ruaraka Police Station.

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VIDEO: Now DP Ruto, Aisha Jumwa tell Matiang’i off and call for his resignation

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Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has said all those mentioned in the latest fake gold scam should carry their own crosses and desist from dragging the name of the president into the scandal.

Without dropping any names, Ruto said that “the political conmen had now tuned to gold.”

Walipanda ndege hapa na kwenda huko Dubai na kufanya maneno yao. Wabebe mizigo yao na waache kumuingiza rais kwa mambo hayo,” said Ruto during a fundraiser at a church in Endebess, Trans Nzoia County,.

Meanwhile, Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, a close associate of Mr Ruto, has asked for the immediate resignation of Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matian’gi.

A section of Jubilee MPs havealso told ODM leader Raila Odinga to state what he knows about the fake gold scandal.

They said Interior CS Fred Matiang’i should also explain how the country’s security was protecting the premises with fake gold.

Speaking  on Saturday when they accompanied Deputy President William Ruto during the launch of various development projects in Trans Nzoia, the lawmakers asked Matiang’i to state what he knows about it.

The leaders were Governors Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia) and Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu), MPs Robert Pukose (Endebess), Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Janet Nangabo (Women Rep, Trans Nzoia), Rahab Mukami (Women Rep, Nyeri), Mathias Robi (Kuria West), Janet Jepkemboi (Turbo), Gabriel Tongoyo (Narok West), Fred Kapondi (Mt Elgon) and Owen Baya (Kilifi North).

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This as it emerged that the Director of Public Prodecution, Nordin Haji, had defended President Kenyatta and former PM Raila Odinga.

Mr Haji issued a statement on Saturday about a recording circulated on social media that suggests that some information was relayed to President Kenyatta, Mr Odinga and Interior minister Fred Matiang’i, and that discussions followed.

He condemned the release and circulation of the recording, saying, “Such claims and their circulation through social media, specifically through leaked phone recordings in today’s age of real-time, borderless publishing, are alarmist and may needlessly cause disaffection.

He warned that “unless all facts are obtained and analysed, it is irresponsible and possibly unlawful to publish such material.”

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Mr Haji said he had personally received complaints from victims who said the person behind the scam had been invoking the President’s name in dealings and conversations.

“Having realised that they were conned on the availability of the gold, and the misleading knowledge and involvement of the President, the former Prime Minister and CS Matiang’i, they resolved to [file] a report [with] Kenyan authorities and cooperate with law enforcement in unearthing the under-dealings.”

The DPP said he had thus directed Inspector-General of Police Hilary Mutyambai to speed up the probe; he said the file should be forwarded to him in the next seven days.

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Mr Haji also asked members of the public with helpful information to report it to authorities.

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VIDEO: Vote for our very own top Diaspora Gospel Artiste Naomi Karanja

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It’s back.

The 2019 edition of Groove Awards with Safaricom event is officially here. As was the case last year and years before that, the awards will celebrate excellence in Gospel music in Kenya and across Africa.

Celebrated Gospel Artiste Naomi Karanja from Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the finalists in the Diaspora Artiste of the Year Category. Please take a little of your time to vote for here here.

Since 2004, Groove Awards with Safaricom has celebrated excellence in gospel music in Kenya and across Africa. The awards, entering their 14th year in Kenya (and 6th in Rwanda), are this nation’s most prestigious and recognized Gospel music awards event, enjoying regional resonance and relevance.

Groove seeks to promote gospel music as a message of hope and an avenue to address issues affecting young people across the African continent with a key focus on its main objective – “Shaping culture through positive content and entertainment.”

Groove Awards has seen over 1,800 artists/groups nominated and almost 400 Groove statuettes presented to gospel musicians in Kenya and beyond.

The Venue and date for this Year’s Gala will be communicated in due course.

 

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Embassy in US writes to Kenyan comedian inviting him to perform in Baltimore, Maryland

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Apopular Kenya comedian has been invited to the United States to perform at this year’s   Makadara Day celebrations, organized by the Diaspora Baltimore Community.

In a letter by Deputy Chief of Mission, David Gacheru, the comedian is invited to The Hermes Center of St.Demetrios 2504 Cub Hill Road, Parkville, 21234 to perform to the Diasporans on June 8, 2019.

“To have you as one of our guests would be an honor to the people who will be there and the whole organization,” read part of the letter.

According to the embassy,  the event is attended by a huge number of Diasporans every year.

An excited Omondi took to his social media platforms toannounce the development.

“We need private jet guys!!! Baltimore see you in two weeks,” he wrote.

 

In Kenya, the Madaraka Day celebrations will be held at the Narok stadium, where the committee chairman, PS Karanja Kibichio, had visited over the weekend.

He was visiting the place to inspect how prepared the County was ahead of the celebrations which will be held on June 1, 2019.

The Principal Secretary assured the public that the stadium would be ready by next week.

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