What was meant to be an epic performance in the company of Ugandan top artist Jose Chameleone has turned out to haunt a Kenyan upcoming musician.
The shocking incident has now put at risk the music career of Carolyne Wekesa known with her stage name Namuenge Bukusu Darling.
A night club in Kenya’s Kitale town has threatened Bukusu Darling with unspecified consequences after she midwifed the deal which led to the loss of Sh150, 000.
How it all begun…
On January 28, the Bukusu Darling learnt of a planned concert by Jose Chameleone at a night club in Bungoma.
A local DJ connected her to a man who was introduced to her as Okelloson Owor Saleh alias CK, and Manager of Jose Chameleone.
Everything went on well, and Saleh expressed satisfaction with my performance, and asked me to join them in another concert the following day at Club Timber in EldoretBukusu Darling
Bukusu Darling saw an opportunity to brighten her star, and after short exchange, Saleh allowed her to curtain raise at the concert.
“Everything went on well, and Saleh expressed satisfaction with my performance, and asked me to join them in another concert the following day at another club in Eldoret,” said Bukusu Darling.
Saleh again asked Bukusu Darling to accompany them to the coastal city of Mombasa for a similar concert.
By this time, word had gone round across Western Kenya on the two well attended concerts which boosted business for the two clubs.
And another club from the neighbouring Kitale town, Club Touch, sought to have a taste of the concert.
Mr Arthur Wafula, the club owner had no contacts with the Jose Chameleone team, and approached Bukusu Darling to link them, after he learnt of her proximity to the team.
Bukusu Darling did the necessary, and within hours, Saleh was in communication with Mr Wafula over the proposal.
A deal was reached, and the club was expected to pay Sh200, 000 for the concert.
But a down payment of Sh150, 000 had to be paid before the team could commit to the deal.
Mr Wafula did the same through mobile money transfer number 0111318604 which showed the name Saleh Owor.
Mr Wafula begun preparations to host Jose Chameleone on February 5.
An agreement was signed between Mr Wafula and Saleh.
But this marked the end of the engagement after Saleh disappeared, and switched off his phone after few days of taking the club round.
If the Club doesn’t get back the cash and with lack of communication, I am sorry for what will happen nextClub Touch
And when it became clear to Mr Wafula that he had been conned, he turned his anger on Bukusu Darling who midwifed the deal.
Life in danger
Bukusu Darling now claims that her life is in danger after the club owner asked her to refund the money or she faces unspecified consequences.
“I reported the matter to the police to help with racing Saleh, but it has been unsuccessful after he went back to Uganda,” said Bukusu Darling.
She says the incident has also put her marriage at crossroads, and she may lose it.
“If the Club doesn’t get back the cash and with lack of communication, I am sorry for what will happen next,” read a message from the club to Bukusu Darling.
It went on: “I have notified the County Commander Trans Nzoia because the money belongs to the Club,” read one of the WhatsApp messages.”
Efforts to get a comments from Saleh over the allegations hit a snag as WhatsApp messages to that effect through the number which received the said money were all blue-ticked.
By the time of going to press, our inquiry through email address email@example.com which is published in Jose Chameleone’s official Facebook page had not been responded to.