Emmanuel Gift Masinde, a 27-year-old Strathmore University Actuarial Science dropout popular for perfecting the art of conning unsuspecting women in the name of love is back in the headlines.
On March 5, 2022, Gift Masinde appeared on the cover page of the Saturday Nation on allegations of defrauding at least 7 women a total of Ksh3.5 million, which earned him the tag ‘Twitter Swindler’ across the blogosphere.
Masinde, who packages himself as a man of means and showers the ladies with promises they can only dream about, is now accused of escaping a city apartment with over Sh100,000 in rent arrears.
Speaking out on social media, a distraught business lady, Ms Loice Ligare Msyoki, lamented that Mr Masinde stayed inside her flat for an unspecified duration alongside his alleged partner, Mitchell Maina and a four-year-old girl named Malaika.
“If they come to your apartment, start counting losses,” Ms Musyoki angrily wrote in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.
Months ago, a female lawyer who allegedly lost over Ksh1.2 million to Masinde revealed that he told her his family ran a lucrative chopper business that hires out helicopters to prominent persons.
He added that his mother is a former National Lands Commission (NLC) official and that the father was a CEO at an energy corporation.
He said that he manages the family’s vast business empire which also includes a construction company.
At one time, Masinde asked her for funds to insure a chopper, with false claims that his mother’s bank account had been frozen due to corruption allegations at NLC.
He assured her that their family lawyer would get everything under control.
Armed with fake documents and bank cheques, Masinde managed to obtain the said funds from the female lawyer.
Another lady identified as Nicole who works as a tax director is also said to have lost over Ksh1 million to Masinde.
They first interacted on Twitter where Masinde had posed as a potential client seeking her services.
It took Masinde a few months to strike up a romantic affair with the lady.
On claims that he had imported a BMW X-5 but had been held up at the port due to various charges, Masinde asked the lady to send him some money to which they agreed he would sell the car to her at a good price.
Nicole took a Ksh936,000 loan and sent the money to Masinde.
She also sent a total of Ksh65,000 a few days later to cater for paperwork and waivers.
Little did she know that the car never existed and all the documents held by Masinde were fake.
By the time of going to press, Masinde was yet to respond to the latest allegations of rent evasion.
A spot check on socials established that he has locked his Twitter profile.