The owner of Rixxos Club in Kitengela, who is being accused of harassment by one of the entertainment joint’s female employees, has finally been arrested.The man, only identified as James, has reportedly been in hiding since a video capturing the alleged harassment, which has since gone viral, emerged last week.
Confirming the arrest, Isinya sub-county Police Commander Ancient Kaloki told Citizen Digital that the suspect was nabbed on Tuesday at around 5pm at Green Ice in Kitengela after reportedly coming out of hiding.
Mr. Kaloki said the embattled businessman is currently being held at the Kitengela Police Station.
The female employee captured in the viral video allegedly being harassed by James recorded her statement on December 9, 2022 following a directive by the National Police Service (NPS).
She, together with five of her colleagues, accused the director of the club of using his alleged connections with people in high places to intimidate them.
However, the establishment defended the actions seen in the viral video saying the waitresses and the barman stormed the Rixxos premises and threatened the management leading to the drama that ensued.
The management said the six workers were under investigation following suspicions of stealing and defrauding the company; claims which the complainants dismissed as false.
“Recently as the Rixxos management, we had an issue with a few of our waitresses and our barman which we reported to the local DCI office on 24th November 2022 upon which they offered help and arrested the workers on 1st December 2022 on suspicion of stealing and defrauding from the company,” read the statement released on Friday last week.
“After wide consultation with our IT department regarding losses, we have been recording the past few weeks, we followed some leads and came to the conclusion it was through the use of past M-Pesa codes in our systems to settle the current bills of our customers.”
The employees, Rixxos management added, were later released on bond to allow for investigations to continue.
They however allegedly opted to storm the entertainment joint demanding their pay and hence the birth of the viral video.
“After release, they came to our premises threatening the management and hence the drama began between our management and the aforesaid workers who were asking for their monthly salary and that’s where we made it clear that we could not pay them until the investigation is completed,” said Rixxos.
The Viral Video
In the video, the establishment’s owner can be heard hurling insults at the female attendant while explicitly stating that he will not pay the woman what he allegedly owes her.
He goes as far as telling the woman that she can’t do anything to him since he is allegedly ‘close’ friends with President William Ruto.
“I am not paying you. Mshenzi wewe, kwani unadhani unaeza nipeleka wapi? I talk with the president, my friend,” said the joint’s owner while pointing to what was presumably a picture of him and President Ruto on his phone.
“You can’t take me anywhere; I talk to the president directly. Mimi nikisema nikukalie saa hii utaenda na kesi mbaya. Utakuwa unanipigia simu unanibeg. Nishakuambia sikulipi.”