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Man presumed dead resurfaces

23 October 2015, 11:32 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A popular Nyeri hawker who sells rodenticides and insecticides has resurfaced after reports spread that he had died after a three-month disappearance.

Alex Mwangi Wanjugu, 24, resurfaced after rumours that he had been shot dead by police while robbing an M-Pesa shop in Karatina town.

“I have come to Nyeri so that people can confirm am alive yet I was killed by police. The rumours were maneuvered by my business rivals. I have never engaged in any kind of crime. I earn clean money,” said Mwangi.

On his arrival at Nyeri town, he was received with pleasure by crowds of people including matatu operators who were eagerly waiting to hear from him.

He said he had relocated to Nairobi Gikomba market where he was hawking his 'poisonous products' while living with his cousin.

He said that his girlfriend fainted after seeing him since she had also believed the death rumours but said his family was sober for he was sending them upkeep money.

Mwangi became famous in Nyeri and Karatina towns for his ‘Ua mende ua panya kwa nyumba yako’ (Kill cockroaches kill rats in your house) chants, while clad in a clean suit and carrying a briefcase.

“We had never seen a hawker in a suit and briefcase moving around town while shouting. He became famous because of his dress code,” said James Kamau, a resident.

However, Mwangi said he attracts customers because of his way of dressing.

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“People cannot understand how I can afford suits as a hawker. I make profits of between KES 1 500 and KES 2 000 every day after working from 7am to 7pm. I have worked for three years and I sell about 40 packets of insecticides every day. Each rat poison goes for KES 50 while that of cockroach goes for KES 100,” said Mwangi, who is a former street boy.

In order to maximize his profits, Mwangi said he regularly relocates to towns of Nanyuki, Karatina, Mwiki, Dandora, Eastleigh, Thika and Nyeri towns.

The Class Two drop-out narrated that he was brought up by his single mother under abject poverty and that motivates him work hard in order to feed his siblings and ageing grandmother.

“Am a born-again Christian. Some of my proceeds go to the vulnerable. In every town, am known mostly by poor people because I live with them. When I relocate to one town, I sleep in cheap rooms in the slums,” he narrated.

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