, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 9 – It has now emerged that the Eastleigh gambler who killed two people after losing his bets had sold his two motorcycles to try his luck at Casino Eastleigh located on 10th street.
The Tanzanian who started off as a cobbler hoped to make more money from the motorcycles proceeds, but he lost terribly.
“He must have been bitter since Johnny never picked a quarrel with anyone,” one of the boda boda riders who had been working with him told Capital FM News.
The gambler was famously known as ‘Nipe Nikupe’ by the residents of Eastleigh, who say he has been there for more than three years.
“He started off as a cobbler… he hoped to get more money and maybe buy more motorcycles,” another pointed out.
Daniel Ochieng, a restaurant manager in the same building where the casino is located says losers sometimes turn violent.
He however points out that in such a case, the security guards are always alert to quell any violence that may erupt.
“The manager is always in the office and one has to seek permission from the security guards to see her,” he explained.
“But Johnny was armed…by the time the guards reached him, the manger was dead.”
In the process, another security guard was killed while another sustained injuries.
“He was rushed to hospital and has since been discharged,” Ochieng said.
The gambler was stoned by residents after the killings.
“I lost more than Sh5 million here… I was rich but I’m now poor but I did not cause violence when I lost my money. No one is forced to participate in this game,” a resident, only identified as Ahmed said.
One of the loyal customers at the casino, Layna Aden says it should remain in operation despite Monday night killings.
“Sometime I lose up to Sh100,000. I usually walk out silently but hopeful that I will be lucky next time,” she said.
Aden however pointed out that it is a norm, “for the casino to have quarrels. The bouncers (the security guards) are always engaging customers demanding for a refund.”
“People have come out of this place rich,” Aden pointed out.
Aden is a mother of 11 children, residing in one bedroom house, still at the building where the casino is located.
Eastleigh North Chief Wilson Maina said he will be seeking support from various government agencies in identifying genuine casino’s in the area.