Bonfire CEO reveals unknown details about famous street couple after KTN story

The couple is back to the streets again

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Bonfire Adventures CEO Simon Kabu has revealed unknown details about his relationship with famous street couple Sammy Githae aka Blackie and his wife Virginia Njeri after KTN highlighted their story of getting back to the streets.

According to Kabu, he tried hard to help the street couple secure a stable job and putting up a mitumba business for them, but his efforts turned futile.

Kabu explained that in his many encounters with Blackie, he was only interested in handouts and never wanted to commit himself to a serious job. He further stated that the two were given jobs outside of Nairobi but they turned down the offer.

Mitumba business

Blackie was later given an opportunity to join Bonfire adventures as a driver, but he lied about having a driving license.

“I gave Blackie Ksh10, 000 to start a mitumba business in Githurai, but he didn’t put up the project. Mark you, he was the one who had made that suggestion. Later, a job opportunity as a driver at Bonfire came up. I asked Blackie if he had a driver’s license, and he said ‘yes’. However, when I asked him to show it to me, he would evade that topic. I offered to take him to a driving school, but he insisted that he was already a trained driver. I lost hope on him and gave the job to Wilson Mutura, the groom in the Ksh100 wedding which went viral in February, 2017" Simon Kabu told Edaily.

Handouts

Despite turning down the offers given by Kabu, he kept on going to his office for handouts.

Blackie, on the other hand, kept on asking me for money – all the time. I always gave him. Most of the time, he asked for cash in the range of Ksh2, 000 and Ksh3, 000 per occasion. I provided him with the amounts he asked for for almost one year, as he would show up at my office with claims of a problem or the other. Sometimes he would come to my office, and when I told him that I did not have the money he wanted, or I was in a meeting, he would stay around till evening. I wasn’t impressed by that” Kabu told Edaily.

Kabu advised that “Blackie needs to be admitted into a rehabilitation facility; that is what I think he really needs. If somebody would take him to rehab, he would be helped. I tried the much I could, but it, clearly, wasn’t good enough. I tried reaching them sometime back, but I could not because they had sold their phones.”

KTN Story

His words comes days after a KTN feature highlighted the miserable life the famous street couple (Sammy Githae and his wife Virginia Njeri) are going through on the streets despite being helped by Kenyans.

The street couple had accused Bonfire Adventures bosses and the photographer that first discovered them of taking advantage of their situation.

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