10 Facts about Kikuyu comedian ‘Kianangi’ who mysterious disappeared

Comedian Geoffrey Mwangi, popularly known as Kianangi, who disappeared on September 21, 2017. [PHOTO | COURTSEY]

Popular Mount Kenya comedian Geoffrey Mwangi, often known as Kianangi, was a man with immense ambition. He vanished on September 21, 2017.

He was frequently overheard remarking that, even if it meant “milking a lion,” he would do whatever it took to support his wife and two sons. He frequently proclaimed his purpose to eradicate the poverty that caused him to drop out of school.

But after he vanished in 2017, his dream appeared to be fleeting.

Ten things you should know about him before his disappearance;

  • Francis Waweru Kinuthia and Loise Muthoni Waweru welcomed Kianangi into the world in 1976 in the Gatanga constituency’s Gitiri hamlet. He was one of eight children, the fifth born, and had four brothers and three sisters.
  • He left school in Form 2 and never returned. Later, in 1993, he relocated to Nairobi and joined street theater groups that included current household names like Kihenjo, Wandahuhu, and Njaaga.
  • In 2003, he teamed up with Ephantus Mbuthia, also known as Macang’i Man Solo Papaa, to begin producing dramatized audio visuals, which quickly became a huge hit in the Mt. Kenya region.
  • In 2014, Kianangi and Macang’i split ways as Kianangi began to feel undervalued in the distribution of royalties. He started his own production but was forced to stop by piracy.
  • After that, he started frequenting River Road in the evenings and introducing himself as a pharmacist with Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH). Friends claim that he abruptly changed the way he dressed and seemed more intent on generating income. Kianangi was employed at KNH, although not as a doctor, according to his wife Catherine Njeri. She provided a contract showing that Kianangi had been hired as a performance artist in the communication department to create dramatized awareness programs on health issues.
  • He was a renter in Nairobi’s Kasarani neighborhood, paying Sh15,000 every month in rent. He would occasionally drink five beers a day at River Road, where he would also inform his pals that his monthly budget was Sh150,000.
  • According to reports, Kianangi updated his circle of friends by 2016 and preferred to hang out with wheeler traders over artists. According to reports, he grew close to a politician in Kiambu County.
  • On September 21, 2017, a male friend came to pick him up from his home at 10:30 am. From Kasarani, his phone signal shifted to Kahawa West, where they got roast beef in a joint. The two were operating a little automobile with the license plate KCL 023Y. At 12.03 p.m., his signal failed at the Ruiru Bypass roundabout close to Membley Estate. Around 4 o’clock, the male buddy called Kianangi’s wife to inform her that Kianangi had vanished.
  • In the same spot where his phone connection disappeared, the vehicle the two were traveling in was discovered abandoned. Police were alerted, and Kianangi’s companion and another man who identified himself as the owner of the car drove it to the Ruiru police station in their company. Two days later, it was finally returned to the owner.
  • Sources suggest that “this was a case of kidnapping, murder, and dumping that was never probed.” The file is still being held at the Ruiru police station with the designation “Missing Person Report” and the status “Pending Under Investigations” (PUI).

After returning from Somalia in 2014 as a radicalized recruit, one of Kianangi’s older brothers who ran a cab business in Nairobi’s Eastleigh Estate was picked up by police officials from Pangani police station and was never seen again.

Now that Kianangi’s wife has lost hope in finding her husband, she has appealed to President William Ruto, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, and Interior CS Kithure Kindiki for assistance. She claims she is convinced that “police got everything to do with his location and his state.”

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