Nairobi News


Kenyan ‘motivational speakers’ charged over ‘wealth conference’ in Rwanda

Three Kenyan “motivational speakers” have been charged with fraud in Rwanda — after a “wealth conference” they had organised and promised “free money” went awfully wrong.

The trio, Charles Chege Kinuthia, Rachel Matipei Nashipai and Vivian Khisa Mukhwana Mutenyo were yesterday charged with the offence by Rwanda’s National Prosecution Authority.

In Kenya, Mr Kinuthia has occasionally regarded himself as a lucrative high-flying businessman handling tax, accounting and wealth generation matters. He goes by the stage name Coach CK. He also claims to own several companies across the world and has been featured in local newspapers and on TV as an entrepreneur.

On his LinkedIn page, Mr Kinuthia says he has a PhD in humanities. He says he later shifted to Texas, where he started One Stop Tax Services, “a national income tax preparation franchise with its headquarters in Houston.”

The charge in Rwanda could attract a possible sentence of up to three years in jail.

The trio is charged alongside a Rwandese, Mohamad Niyonkuru.

Prosecutors have accused the trio of sending an e-mail promising over 1,000 people “free money” worth $197 by attending a conference at the iconic Kigali Convention Centre.

On the material day, over 5,000 people thronged the centre but were stranded as no speaker turned up.