How many times have you seen an online campaign about someone seeking medical help from the public? Did you offer any help? Would you betray your friend if you learnt about a grave mistake that they did? Ongoing reports allege that fashion designer Shiyenze Khasoha feigned her cancer illness!
The designer has been under the spotlight after two persons claiming to be her caregivers came forward stating that she does not suffer ovarian cancer as she claims. This is after campaigns on social media saw her raise over 2 million shillings for her cancer treatment.
Kenyans have had mixed reactions regarding the expose, and some remained convinced she was indeed unwell and others thought otherwise.
I’ve met shiyenze severally and I thought we were out here fighting the good fight together. I am shook, I am disgusted, I don’t even know how to properly react to this.
— Just N’neemo! (@NeemoM) July 11, 2019
Shiyenze wasn’t alone, it was a script. She was to play sick and promote the business of vitenge I think,. They chose cancer and told her to shave, she didn’t play alone. Where are the rest?
— Bush Walker (@Incbw) July 10, 2019
I know shiyenze, this story is fake…. She is battling cancer for real…..
— Possum Blu © (@PossumBlu) July 9, 2019
The fashion designer in 2018, started a campaign targeting Ksh2 million dubbed “Vaa Shiyenze and Keep Her Alive”. According to Shiyenze, the money raised in the campaign would go toward footing her cancer treatment costs.
The campaign was designed and fueled by PR guru, Philip Oketch, who has since come out to claim that the fashion designer deceived him into believing she was ailing. Oketch claims he met Shiyenze in February 2019 through his wife, who is a fashion lover.
Hours after the public uproar, Shiyenze has released a press statement claiming to have been diagnosed with cancer and upon asking help from the public, she gathered Ksh.600,00 and not Ksh.2 Million as it’s being stated.
Thank you all. pic.twitter.com/w9cOh9KIp4
— SHIYENZE KHASOHA (@shiyenzekhasoha) July 11, 2019
According to her friend Kakya, Shinyenze has been facking it;
“Every time we cornered her, she would say that she had rushed to Kijabe Hospital to seek a second opinion ,”
Here is a video of her narrating her life as a cancer victim.