Willis Austin Chimano has been exposed by fellow Sauti Sol band members for swindling their savings while serving as the group’s treasurer.
Bien-Aimé Baraza, Savara Mudigi and Polycarp Otieno said Chimano swindled them of their savings while Sauti Sol was still in its formative years.
The Kenyan afro-pop band was formed in Nairobi in 2005. It was Initially an a cappella group, guitarist Polycarp aka Fancy Fingers joined before they named themselves Sauti Sol.
At the start, the group didn’t have the resources to hire professional management and as such relied on themselves to keep the band going.
Chimano served as the treasurer for Sauti Sol while they were still struggling to make it big in the entertainment industry.
It was when Sauti Sol had entrusted Chimano with their hard-earned savings that he made away with some serious cash.
Bien, Savara and Polycarp reflected on Chimano swindling their savings in an episode of the group’s docu-reality series ‘Sol Family’ which airs on Maisha Magic East.
The trio revealed that their then ‘kleptomaniac’ treasurer made away with their savings amounting to Ksh 30,000.
“Up to date, we have never been paid back. Chimano alituosha (swindled us),” Bien said on a lighter note.
Polycarp further called on Chimano to replay the group the Ksh 30,000. He said the former treasurer made away with their saving and explained that he used the money to pay his school fee.
“Chimano, you need to pay us back our money. At that time we were so broke and he was in charge of our savings. He ended up using our money. I think he explained that he used it to pay his school fees but I don’t believe him,” Polycarp said.
Savara on the other hand noted that the amount Chimano swindled them had accrued interest over the last 14 years.
Chimano however denied swindling his band members of their savings.
“I have never taken their money and I don’t know what they are talking about. Those are my comments for now,” said Chimano.
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