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Lung patient to be handed all her money as ugly tussle ends

The tussle over Sh9.5 million donated towards the treatment of Gladys Kamande, a lung patient, has finally come to an end.

Ms Kamande will receive the Sh5 million balance as soon as she is ready for the bank transaction.

The decision was made by one of the signatories to the treatment fund, Ndungu Nyoro, who made the announcement during an interview on Tuesday on Kameme FM.

“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 told Nairobi News.

He added that he would be taking a break from online fundraising for those in need.

‘DEMANDING ACCOUNTABILITY’

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

Mr Nyoro attended the interview together with Ms Kamande.

Ms Kamande accused the account’s  other signatory, John Kibue, who is also her landlord, of demanding sh70, 000 from the account for his campaigns. He lost in the Mwiki MCA Jubilee Party nominations.

Mr Kibue, who was not in the studio during the interview, later spoke to Nairobi News.

“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.

RENT ARREARS

He added: “I was the one who contacted Nyoro to assist Gladys raise money for her treatement. That was when Kenyans supported Gladys and she went to India for treatment and she regained her sight. When she came back she moved to a two bedroom house worth Sh10, 000 where she has been living for seven months. When I went to ask for my rent arrears she started accusing me of wanting part of the donated money. 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.”

When Nairobi News 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.”