Friends reveal hapless life of Kenyan jailed in China


The life sentence handed last month to Simon Wambua Mbuvi, 44, by a Chinese court for trafficking cocaine continues to haunt those who knew him.
That a committed church official in Nairobi’s Chokaa could, not just deal in hard drugs, but swallow 79 cocaine capsules so he could ferry them to China is a fact most of his congregants at Pefa Church are struggling to understand.
Mr Alfred Omondi and Mr Peter Ngolo, two of his close friends at the church in Embakasi East Constituency, think it is the hard economic times Mbuvi was going through that might have pushed him into the murky world of drug dealing.
“He was very broke and jobless. He had rent arrears, not to mention school fees to pay,” said Mr Omondi in an interview on Thursday.
Perhaps the most devastated person is Mbuvi’s wife, Ms Anne Safari, 39, who has had to take menial jobs to make ends meet.

Since Mbuvi’s arrest in Guangzhou on November 25, 2018 after he alighted from an Ethiopian Airlines flight, Ms Safari’s tough life has got worse.
They have three children: boys aged 21 and 14, and a 12-year-old girl. “We are living only by the grace of God. We sleep hungry on some days. He was our only hope,” she told the Nation by phone on Thursday.
Sounding broken, Ms Safari said: “I didn’t know what he was going to do in China. When he went silent, I kept looking for him, with my efforts bearing little fruit. Never mind that I could hardly raise the fare to go to government offices.”
Then she received a call from the Foreign Affairs ministry informing her that her husband had been arrested.
Mbuvi would later be sentenced to life imprisonment by the Chinese Intermediate People’s Court of Guangzhou Municipality.

A three-judge bench headed by Hu Peng dismissed Mbuvi’s defence that he had unknowingly swallowed the drugs — which were detected in his stomach through an X-ray scan.
They ruled that he was trafficking a substance that is “extremely harmful to society”. Had the cocaine weighed more than a kilo, Mr Mbuvi would have been sentenced to death.
Court documents tell a story of a man who met a network of traffickers, notably a woman called Fridah, alias Breda. She helped him get a passport, paid his visa fees and bought him a return ticket to China.
She then arranged a meeting with the people who gave Mr Mbuvi food then had him swallow the capsules, with instructions that he should not eat anything on the 12-hour flight. At the end of the deal, Mr Mbuvi was to pocket $2,050 (Sh211,048).
Mr Otieno and Mr Ngolo said Mr Mbuvi was part of a group known as Friends and Followers and Hospitality.
“Friends and followers are charged with following up on new converts, welcoming and following up on visitors and helping members facing challenges,” Mr Otieno said.

Mr Ngolo revealed that in 2018, he and Mbuvi tried their hands at selling sweet potatoes but the business did not do well, so they closed it.
That might have been the last straw for Mbuvi. It was in July that year when Fridah started engaging him.
“He was going through some difficulties. I believe that’s what somebody took advantage of,” said Mr Otieno.
“Whoever was behind that took advantage of the situation and Mbuvi fell prey to it,” he added.
One of Mbuvi’s last engagements with his church was a burial they attended in Kieni, Nyeri County.
“There was no change in his behaviour, nothing to show that he had joined a bad group,” Mr Otieno recalled.
The plea by Mbuvi’s friends and family to Kenyan authorities is to bring him home to serve his jail term if they cannot negotiate his release.
“OK, it’s a crime, a very serious crime. But it would be better if the Kenya government could find a way of having people like Simon, who are jailed in foreign countries, brought back home to serve their sentences where their families can at least see them,” Mr Ngolo said.

Ni wengi kwanza madem wenye huchowa na wanaija…

The pay was very meagre for him to even risk.

I sympathize with bwana Mbuvu. Unfortunately for him, the Chinese authorities have rightfully jailed him for life because his actions posed a threat to the Chinese people. On the other hand, his own government’s court system has let Kenyans down for letting loose Chinese citizens that have committed equally heinous crimes in Kenya. We all recall the sad incident when Kenyan police smiled sheepishly, while a Chinese national attempted to grab a rifle from one of them, when being arrested for channeling chemical effluents into the Tana river.

mimi kitu ina interfere na international issues i dont engage in, acha nifungwe within tu incase of anything but not elsewhere, hapa gover ita assume akuna kitu imesikia, i once preferred wetangula as foreign affairs minister maybe angefika huko kusikiza

he is lucky he was not shot dead. people forget china fought two wars to protect her civilization from people who wanted to destroy it with drugs.

Siwezi muonea huruma. Baba mzima anataka kuharibu maisha ya watoto wa wenyewe huko China? Mshenzi yeye.

Huwes meza 80 capsules unknowingly , bio defence ilikasirisha judge .

But ukiwa na bibi na watoi Nairobi job ikatike , Ni kuwarudisha ocha kimilili then upambane na shamba LA concrete.

Kumbe ile security ya JKIA ni kujichocha tu

He was attempting to destroy communities so it is not wrong of he is destroyed. Justice Odunga must be sent this news

Sad indeed, ukambani land is available and it be useful with investing in water, you can never go wrong with food crops esp in ukambani, food grows fast.
Drugs don’t touch in any country - the end is never good.
Learn from akashas

Coke and Heroine aint shit. Kuna kitu inaitwa fentanyl… Kitu above 2mg you are dead… 30 to 50 more times more potent than Heroin. Kama unatumia 2mg is size of a grain of sand. … Hio ata kwa scanner haionekani, carfentanil (elephant tranquilizer) is more dope than the later hio ata one sand grain sized crystal you dead. Inabidi ufanye titration of some sort nayo…

Pole kwa huyo jamaa hope he survives there best option is just to comit suicide in that prison.

Kwani kila mwanaume anayeitwa Mbuvi anauza drugs?

Kuna parts zingine mbaya sana Ukambani kama Kitui na Makueni. Mawe tu kila pahali. Nahurumia wakaazi wa huko sana.

Pole kwa huyo jamaa,
He is lucky, if it was some countries, firing squad would have done some work.

He swallowed the stuff in Ethiopia which since you’re on transit they assume you’ve already been thoroughly checked from country of origin.

I was once involved in a drug bust in China one of the most dramatic things in my life.
Nilikuwa kwa room then all of a sudden wakakata maji kidogo I hear loud bangs on the door police saying open.
Kumbe kulikuwa na some Afghan people walikuwa wamefika kwa hotel like few hours ago.Walishikwa wote.

Asian countries don’t joke with drug traffickers, hata jungus wakipeleka mihadarati huko huwa wanaonyeshwa moshi.

when you’re broke you do desperate things. sometimes you take a step back and analyse the situation.

Could have said apambane na hali yake, but I know the desperation that comes with being poor and have no hope.