Money is definitely the root of all evil. In the past few days social media has been up in arms as the drama between Gladys Kamande known to many as the oxygen tank lady, and Ndungu Nyoro, the funds drive manager who is also one of the signatories to the account set up to host money raised by Kenyans towards Gladys’ treatment, continues to unfold.
Making rounds on social media is a video of sobbing Gladys alleged to be admitted in ICU claiming that Ndungu Nyoro has refused to release money for her treatment. In the video Gladys accuses Nyoro of withholding the money for her treatment and further squandering it.
Well Ndungu Nyoro isn’t about to take a beating arms folded. He has since come out to clear the air over the matter which he has said is a conspiracy. In a statement he said, “I am always certain it was a conspiracy. How ungrateful can some people be? A group of unhappy friends teamed up, ropped in GLADYS KAMANDE and the game was done. Target? I be removed as a signatory from funds raised by the public so that someone else can have a field day.”
He further went ahead to say; “First they said Gladys was not treated because I refused to send money. I have attached a bill from BLK Hospital in India which I managed to get from the hospital yesterday. You can clearly see that she was treated and at the bottom of the bill they have indicated on the payments made. They also said I’m holding Kshs 9M , I’ll attach later a bank statements showing all details. Last few weeks alone we did 3 withdrawals amounting to Ksks. 400, 000. This is the amount I demanded for accountability.”
Putting Gladys to task, Nyoro said; “As soon as she can be able to respond to questions I would like her to answer the following…We have so far sent 4.5M shillings for her treatment. The first trip we are able to get receipts accounting 1M, the second trip about 0.4M. Can she account for the rest? That’s my humble question. I always say I’m open to questions, even now I’m ready.”
Despite being publicly torn into Nyoro has vowed to stick around until the cash is used for the purpose for which it was raised. Revealing that tearful Gladys isn’t so innocent after all, Nyoro stated ;
“At some point she identified a plot of land worth Kshs 1.5M. I requested her to allow us go through treatment until the doctors give clean bill of health. She was unhappy but I thought that was the best option for now. I am guilty as charged. I am guilty for demanding proper use of funds, on behalf of the contributors. I know how difficult it is to convince people to sacrifice their cash only for it to be spent buying expensive things and showing off to the very poor contributors.”
So whose side of the story should we believe? I don’t know about you but there’s more to what meets the eye and this one of those cases. It is about time to regulate the phenomenon of social media fundraising, don’t you agree?