Truth About Chinese Selling Kenyan Wristbands

  • A person wearing a Kenyan wristband.
    A person wearing a Kenyan wristband.
  • On Thursday, January 12, photojournalist-cum-activist, Boniface Mwangi, stirred a debate on social media when he alleged that the Chinese were now producing Kenyan wristbands.

    Mwangi stated that the Chinese had taken everything away from Kenyans and were now going for the small income generating ventures that a majority of locals were relying on to put food on the table.

    He also posted a photo of the said wristbands which had a 'Made in China' and 'Nylon Monofilament Fishing Line', inscribed on the packaging.

    "Maasai land was stolen from the Maasais, from Amboseli to Maasai Mara, Laikipia to Tsavo, Kajiado to Samburu, and now the Chinese are mass-producing those small things that they depend on?

    "This is the time to ask, why are Maasais so poor and yet they “own” the most beautiful lands?" Mwangi posed.

    The photo that was posted by Boniface Mwangi on Twitter on Thursday, January 12, 2022.
    The photo that was posted by Boniface Mwangi on Twitter on Thursday, January 12, 2022.
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    However, a quick image reverse search revealed that the company named in the production of the same deals in fishing lines and does not make beads or wristbands.

    It is possible that someone put the wristbands inside a packaging that belongs to the company.

    While Kenyans.co.ke could not independently verify Mwangi's allegations, it would not be the first time that the activist has put his foot in his mouth.

    On May 14, 2015, Mwangi alleged that he had a lewd video showing Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen in a compromising position. He later deleted the tweet and claimed that he had been misled.

    “There was no Murkomen sex tape. I was misled. My apologies for the embarrassment caused to him and his family. I have since deleted that tweet,” he wrote.

    Photo of Boniface Mwangi speaking during an episode of Cleaning The Airwaves taken on July 4, 2021.
    Photo of Boniface Mwangi speaking during an episode of Cleaning The Airwaves taken on July 4, 2021.
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