A 74-year-old American man is currently stranded in Kenya after a Kenyan woman he has been living with kicked him out of her house.
Albert Lee Davis Jr says he met 65-year-old Elizabeth Wanjiku on an online dating website, where both were looking for love.
Davis says the woman convinced him to sell all his property in the US and move to her home in Nanyuki, Laikipia County.
He says Wanjiku told him there are numerous investment opportunities in Kenya that would guarantee him a good life during his sunset years in addition to her love. She told him she had not had a man for 28 years.
Davis Jr, who separated with his wife 18 years ago sold his house in Madisonville, Kentucky in order to move to Kenya to live with the woman he met online in 2010, Standard Digital reports.
The father of two says Wanjiku concealed her real physical appearance by posting a photo of a younger face as her profile picture on the site.
“We opened up to each other, sharing as much information as possible,” says Davis Jr who first knew Wanjiku was a teacher in Mombasa.
“She also said she was a successful businesswoman and a devout Christian owning rental houses and that she was a mother of one son who was killed in an internal civil war,” says Davis Jr.
Davis alleges that Wanjiku conned him of over Sh2.5 million in the two months he stayed with her and used the cash to open a wines and spirits shop and an M-Pesa outlet in Nanyuki town.
“I was detained at the airport in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) for six days because of the big amount of cash I was carrying,” he narrates, adding that he was set free after intervention of the US embassy in Ethiopia.
He says he used to send her cash to expand her cyber café, chicken and rabbit businesses before he moved to Kenya.
“In 2012, she told me the cyber business had collapsed as well as the chicken venture since Kenyans in the country were no longer eating chicken and had turned to rabbit meat. She suggested that we start a rabbit rearing business. I sent her money for the business and she would send me pictures of rabbits in cages,” recalls Davis Jr.
“Ciiku kept reminding me how investing in Kenya was cheap and that I will not regret the returns on investment.She told me she was well connected since her father and Jomo Kenyatta were jailed together and were close buddies from the same tribe.”
The two parted ways in September this year after Davis was arrested by Kenyan immigration officials after they found him working at their wines and spirits joint without a work permit.
The American says the arrest was a setup by his lover.
“On the fateful day, Ciiku asked me to man the till in the shop. I initially declined but she encouraged me. Soon, four people, including a woman, walked in and placed an order of drinks. Ciiku asked me to serve them but I told her I didn’t know the prices. She gave me instructions on the price and who to write out the receipt to, which had been demanded by the customers. I was arrested by the same people who accused me of working without a permit,” he recounts.
The 74-year-old is currently being hosted by a well-wisher in Kahawa West estate after Wanjiku kicked him out.
He cannot travel back to the US because his passport was confiscated by Kenyan authorities during the arrest in September. He wants Wanjiku arrested and charged for defrauding him.