This is a tale of rags, to riches, to jail, for this Diaspora Kenyan who immigrated to United States to join the many that are still chasing the imaginary American dream. He was different though, for he wanted his dream to materialize in the shortest time possible but somehow miscalculated, and got into the wrong side of the law and sad still in a strange country called Kigali.
If the dream exist, maybe it has shortcuts for Kinuthia surprised many after proving that you cannot be jobless forever but all the same, laid up plans can at times backfire and you unexpectedly find yourself behind bars as it happened to the ambitious young man.
Many that have met the fast talking, fast thinking businessman, can fairly describe him as an accomplished Chief executive fitting the many in blue chip companies but his own style, was individually designed to achieve what an established company does in executive luxuriant tower located offices.
He would equate himself to acclaimed motivation speakers like TD Jakes, and even Jeff Balagn the well to do CEO who owns retail technology, hospitality and health care service company.
An entrepreneur, motivation speaker, leadership trainer, educator and mentor miscalculated his moves when he thought of Rwanda as a good market, but little did he know, that he was exchanging his assumed career with a jail term.
A self proclaimed Doctor of Philosophy in humanities from his own institution of imagination, may never recover if his appeal for the given jail term don’t succeed, and he might spend a lonely life without the usual seminars he would organize.
Kinuthia belongs to the school of though that believe that you do not need to study complex mathematics to be a successful businessman, and to prove his point, he would motivate simpletons that would pay required seminar registration fee to imagine a life of Oprah Winfield thereafter.
We all the same must give credit where its due, for this man to rise from joblessness to a globe-trotting executive giving lectures to entrepreneurs on wellness and making a decent living from those seminars, is a rags to riches success story for Kinuthia was wealthy by all standards.
“He was born and raised in Kenya, and spent a significant part of my life in Australia,” his profile reads.
Kinuthia also claims to have lived “temporarily” in Finland, where he won a full scholarship to the University of Helsinki to study for his Bachelor’s degree in business management.
The highlight of his high-flying career, according to the profile, is his company, One Stop Tax Services Inc, a “national income tax preparation franchise”, which he founded in 2006 after his relocation to Texas from Australia.
That’s not all. Kinuthia says he is the chairperson of Montgomery-based Lone Star College Business Management Advisory Board, which is “one of the largest and fastest growing community colleges in Texas”.
It’s not by accident that he employs superlatives and other catchy phrases to describe himself and his achievements. Kinuthia is as crafty as he is street-smart, which perhaps explains why he has been invited to many talk shows on TV locally and abroad.
His life, though, has not always been on the fast lane. Kinuthia and his siblings grew up in poverty in Nakuru County, with a jobless mother and an absentee father. He studied at Utumishi High School, where he performed dismally in the Form Four examination, following many days spent out of the classroom.
It is from these thin fortunes that his aggressiveness was nurtured, he says. Determined to advance his education, he applied for a scholarship at the University of Helsinki. Thankfully, he was invited for an interview.
Kinuthia passed his admission exam and got a placement. That was taken care of. But he would soon come face to face with the tough reality of being jobless in a foreign country and without anyone to turn to.
“I befriended a Ghanaian guy who allowed me to sleep on the floor of his living room for weeks as I looked for a job. I was lucky to be employed as a cleaner in restrooms at restaurants, bars and banks,” he narrated to a local TV station.
Before his return to Kenya in 2017, Kinuthia had spent 14 years outside the country as he sought to liberate his family out of poverty. Today, his entire family has relocated to the US, thanks to him. Ironically, Kinuthia was the black sheep of his family, which he has admitted on the record.
His pie started to crumble when he organized a highly publicized wealth conference in Kigali in May. Thousands of young Rwandans flocked the Kigali Convention Centre, lured by the Sh20,000 that was promised as an incentive for attending.
There was a twist though. The Sh20,000 that had been promised would not be in cash, as implied, but in terms of value for attendance.
Owing to the huge number of delegates, the police cancelled the event for security reasons. The participants sued the organizers for scamming them.
This week, a Kigali court found Kinuthia guilty of swindling Rwandans of money in fees (Sh500) for the event that never took place, sentencing him to two years in jail with a fine of Sh325,000.
His three accomplices — two Kenyan women and a Rwandan man — were, however, acquitted.
But is it practical to train people to be wealthy? Kinuthia believes it is.
“There is a lot of information out there, it’s what you do with the information that matters,” he told Citizen TV last year, noting, that most people are ‘‘not ready to pay the price to be successful.
On the legacy he wants to leave behind, Kinuthia hopes ‘‘to inspire, ignite and impact’’ people’s lives. For now though, that will be put on ice as he serves his jail term in Rwanda. His lawyer Evode Kayitana is petitioning the Kenyan government to intervene and rescue his client.
People all the time organize seminars and charge people to attend and it is rather confusing and strange how this particular seminar could reward the same attendee to get money in return and chances are, the man could be innocent after all and was set up by his business associate. The associate may have put the money back advertisement without his knowledge as an incentive to attract more attendees.
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