Gospel singer Bahati, born Kevin Kioko, has been dragged into a Ksh200, 000 controversy.
A Nairobi-based youth, namely Thuranira Kathiai claims he gave Bahati Ksh200, 000 two months ago to start up a business, which will benefit the two of them, but the singer chose to pocket the money without putting up the business as they had agreed.
Thuranira claims when his attempts to get back his money from the singer proved futile, he reported him to a police station in Kiambu County on Friday, October 27.
He says Bahati was arrested, but later released upon intervention by the area OCPD.
Thuranira claims Bahati is using his connections to frustrate his efforts of recovering his money. He has vowed to sue the singer.
“Bahati obtained Ksh200, 000 from me two months ago in the guise that we’d make business partners,” narrated Thuranira.
“I reported the matter at Karuri police station in Kiambu County yesterday (Friday, October 27) under the O.B. number 16/27/10/2017. The said Bahati was arrested this morning (Saturday, October 28) at his home in Ruaka. On arriving at the police station, the investigation officer received a phone call from his boss, the OCS, asking him to release Bahati with immediate effect, saying the County Commander had ordered the singer be released.
“Bahati was instructed to return to the police station the following day (Sunday, October 29) at 2pm.
“Bahati is using senior government officials’ influence to block me from accessing justice. Bahati should know that he is not above the law, and no one is. I have instructed my lawyer to address the matter. I want to assure Bahati that he won’t escape the grip of the law. He has just postponed his arrest.”
eDaily reached Bahati’s manager for comment, and he dismissed Thuranira’s claims as “baseless”.
“I heard that a man going by the name Thuranira made claims on social media that Bahati defrauded him of Ksh200, 000. I want to categorically say that Thuranira is an attention seeker, who is looking for publicity through Bahati. Bahati did not and has not borrowed money from the so called Thuranira,” said Bahati’s manager.