14-year-old acrobat Wendy Waeni’s former manager Joseph Mwangi has now come out claiming the gymnast lost an international award worth KSh 100M after interview with Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange.
Mwangi claimed in March 2019 they submitted Waeni’s portfolio to organisers of the international children awards competition.
In a Twitter post on Saturday, December 7, Mwangi said he received a call in July 2019 informing him that Wendy had won World Child of the Year award whose value was similar to what the world’s best teacher Peter Tabichi won.
Mwangi disclosed the award ceremony was to be held on Saturday, December 7.
Upon receiving the news he said he shared it with Wendy’s school administrators before together (along with Wendy) met her mother in Nairobi CBD for lunch.
They had lunch where he briefed them on some of the key conditions for winning the award.
“This time am taking both Wendy and her mum thru the do’s and dont’s between that day (1st August to 7th Dec)…one of the most strict condition was that the papers automatically barred Wendy, or her image, video or likeliness from appearing on any publication or broadcast between 1st August and today (December 7),” he said.
He disclosed that the next person they wanted to notify was the head of state and had even planned to meet him but the information should not have been shared.
“This one person was H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta..the plan was…notify the head of state then the rest can wait. Wendy can tell you that we started making efforts on August 1st to secure a meeting with H.E before the end of August (before she goes back to school),”
However, to her surprise Wendy and her best friend’s mother went ahead and planned to be hosted by Jeff Koinange during the August show.
He said he received information from a close friend working at Citizen TV who told him that Koinange was planning to host Wendy.
He reached out to the award winning journalist and asked him not to host the gymnast given the conditions of the big feat ahead.
“He/she informs me that he/she have heard rumours in the studio about Joe and that they have planned to host Wendy on JKL in the evening…so the first thing that I do is to pick my phone and immediately contacted Jeff,”
His efforts to reach out to Jeff were futile as the journalist never replied to his WhatsApp messages.
Mwangi became a talk of town in August following damming revelations which were made by Wendy during the interview where she accused him of having conned her all her earnings.
So messy was the end between the two that Mwangi had to be arrested over allegations of having forged the then Education CS Fred Matiangi’s signature.
Wendy is now under a new manager.