Known for his eloquence in Swahili and his story-telling skills, Lolani Kalu was one of the best journalists NTV had until December 2017, when he was retrenched.
From his savings and the retrenchment perks, Lolani Kalu was ready to start life afresh, or rather open a new page by building a retirement home along Kangundo Road where he had bought land.
The father of three gave the money to an unnamed contractor, who build half the house and disappeared.
“I have been focusing on stories of arts and culture which is my passion, my struggles started when someone conned me around Ksh. 1.5 million. I was just a bout to build a house when he conned me,” he said.
This was the beginning of problems.
He had started a media production business, but business did not go as expected, as clients paid poorly, or even failed to pay completely.
According to a local blog that spoke to him, he lives in his rural home in Kilifi County taking care of his ailing 80-year-old mother.
“I did some job with a company, but again they did not pay me my dues. That, coupled by the fact that I had a sick dad to cater for really dented my pockets,” he explained.
The journo says he has been struggling to make ends meet, and his plight was highlighted by Ahmed Mohamed alias Asmali on Twitter.
“A few days ago I asked about the whereabouts of journalist Lolani Kalu. Today Chief Inspector Siyat of Kaloleni Station has found him. I have spoken to Lolani. He is going through hard times & seeking for your help. His number is 0720554930. Kindly send him what you can. Thanks,”
https://twitter.com/Asmali77/status/1310882551976931328 tweeted Asmali.
Kalu says he lacks basic equipment for his work, and has asked well wishers to come to his rescue and get him back to his feet.
“I’m not really appealing for money because right now most people are on a tight budget, but if anyone can help me set up a proper production company, I will be grateful,” he added.