Ndungu Nyoro to surrender Sh.5 million to lung patient Gladys Kamande as ugly tussle ends

LEFT: Ndugu Nyoro. RIGHT: Gladys Kamande. PHOTOS | COURTESY
The Sh9.5 million that Kenyans donated to help Gladys Kamande, a lung patient with treatment has been at the center of controversy.

A portion of the money was spent on Gladys’ treatment, leaving a balance of Sh. 5 million in the account that has three signatories; Gladys Kamande, her landlord Mr.Kibue and the fundraiser coordinator Mr. Ndungu Nyoro.

On a radio interview on Tuesday morning, Ndungu Nyoro and Gladys Kamande put the tussle to an end with Mr. Nyoro announcing that he will step aside for Gladys to have full access to the funds.

In the interview, it was disclosed that Mr. Kibue, who is Ms. Kamande’s landlord was among the three signatories and that he had been demanding Sh. 70,000 from the account to fund his campaign.

Mr.Kibui was an MCA candidate in Mwiki vying under Jubilee, which he lost during the nominations.

The tussle began when Mr. Nyoro refused to sign for the money to leave the account.

Mr. Kibue, who was not present for the interview at Kameme Radio, later spoke to Nation Media and revealed that he gave Gladys one of his flats to live in for free when she approached him at the time she was blind and ill. He also said that he is the one who contacted Mr. Nyoro to help Gladys.

“Gladys came to my flat five years ago when she was blind. I allowed her to live in a one bedroom house for free because she still needed money for her treatment. I organized the first funds drive where we raised Sh1.8 million and that was before Kenyans got to know her case,” said Mr Kibue.

Mr. Kibue added that when Gladys came back from India where she had gone for treatment, she moved to a two bedroom house worth Sh10, 000 where she has been living for seven months. 

Kibue said he asked Gladys to start paying rent when she moved to a new apartment since she could now afford it which she didn’t. He added that he tried all means to get his money but all has been in vain.

”I told her it was only fair that she pays her rent now that she could afford it and because I had a campaign to run but she refused. I have since summoned her family to issue them with a notice to vacate” Said Kibue.

When Nation Media called Ms. Kamande to authenticate the rent arrears claims, she said “I do not want to talk about anything to do with that money on phone. Come to Murang’a if you want to ask me any questions and I will respond.”

Mr. Nyoro said the controversy has gone on for so long and he was ready to surrender the account with Sh. 5 million balance to Glady’s personal account whenever she’s ready.

“I will leave it to her to have full control of the money because the controversy has gone on for so long. We have agreed that when she is ready we will meet at the bank and transfer the money to her personal account,” Mr. Nyoro said.

Mr. Nyoro also said that he will be taking a break from online fundraising for the needy.

“Kenyans know I really tried to protect the money they had donated to this cause, but since some of them also criticized my demanding for accountability, I do not expect them to fault me for anything,” Mr. Nyoro added.