'Mchele' gang: With bhajia and 'Desperado', Nairobi woman swindled me off Sh200, 000

Geoffrey Waithaka, 32 narrating how he was allegedly drugged by unknown person at Sizzling hotel in Nairobi  during an interview at Nation Centre on May 29, 2022.

Photo credit: Lucy Wanjiru I Nation Media Group

It ended just like it started, with a story and a tragedy.

A true definition of beauty to Geoffrey Waithaka turned out to be one of the stupefying thieves that have been drugging victims and stealing from them in Nairobi’s nightclubs.

On May 7, Mr Waithaka, 32, after a long day at work, decided to head to Sizzling Hotel and Restaurant in Nairobi’s Moi Avenue and chill out for the evening.

An establishment he frequented, he sought his favourite corner and ordered sausage, samosa and bhajia. He also asked for two drinks.

As he was enjoying his food and drinks, he noticed a dazzling short-haired brown woman dressed in an orange mini short and a sleeved dress sitting alone and looking at him.

“The lady went to the counter, and I asked her to join me. She came over, took a piece of my bhajia and left. She later signalled me with one finger, indicating I should join her on her table and I obliged. I saw no harm in it,” Mr Waithaka recounted.

The hunter had become the hunted.

Happy to have joined the beautiful woman, he thought he had struck a jackpot.

After chatting for a while, Mr Waithaka deduced that his newfound friend had a good grasp of politics, current affairs and the economy. This made him relax, letting his guard down.

After talking with the woman for almost an hour, he received a call and excused himself. Little did he know what was awaiting him when he returned to the table.

“My mother called me and I left the table for like eight minutes. I came back to that table and continued eating. I even offered to buy her two more drinks. Soon thereafter, I started feeling dizzy and nauseated, which was unusual,” Waithaka said.

To please his companion despite feeling unwell, he tried finishing his food but all in vain.

“I tried finishing my food and continued having conversations with that lady but I felt weak. I went to the washroom and I started vomiting foam. When I came back, I told her I wasn’t feeling well and would be heading home,” he recounted.

He added: “I paid for everything and when we reached outside the hotel, I started vomiting again. Because she saw me struggle, she offered to take me to my house in Embakasi, because I could not walk properly,” he said.

For him, it was the act of a Good Samaritan’s act. For her, it was showtime.

Mr Waithaka had never experienced what was about to hit him.

“I had heard the stories but I had never experienced it myself, so when she offered to help me I thought it was out of good faith,” he said.

When the two reached Pipeline, Embakasi, where he lives, he thought he was safe.

The only thing he remembers was switching on the lights and then lying down as the woman offered him a piece of chicken that they had bought.

“She gave me a piece of chicken, which I took. I didn’t even finish it because my throat was sore from vomiting too much, and she switched on the TV and it was all news until she asked for my flash drive to put on a movie, which I gave her. That’s how I remembered it,” Mr Waithaka recounts.

“I woke up on Monday at midday, with my laptop, three phones and Sh7,300 gone. I lost gadgets worth Sh194,300,” he said.

Mr Waithaka had been under the influence of a drug for over 48 hours and decided to rush to Bliss Healthcare for medical attention as he was experiencing a numbing headache. It was discovered he had been intoxicated with an unknown substance.

After tests, he went to the Central Police Station to report the matter that had occurred on Monday, under OB153/09/05/2022. Since then, he says he has been taken in circles. 

“I went to the police, wrote down my statement and they assigned me an officer, who asked me to come with my flash disc and take CCTV footage from the hotel,” he said.

“However, what the hotel has provided me is a two-minute clip showing me seated alone and enjoying my meal,” he said. He added that he suspected hotel managers had covered up the incident.

“I have asked them to get the number of that lady, since she paid with M-Pesa, but they have declined,” he said.

Sizzling Manager Dan Oyuga told Nation.Africa that only the police can access the specific details of customers, upon presenting an official letter requesting the data.

“This alleged incident happened in his house, not at our hotel. According to the footage, he offered to join that lady. Already, the police came and we gave out the CCTV footage,” Mr Oyuga.