By Charles Mghenyi
Otieno had just cleared his course in hotel management and was desperate looking for a job in the hotel industry.
Fortunately he got word from a friend that one of the five star hotels in Mombasa was looking for new employees as the tourism sector had picked.
He applied for a job and was invited for an interview.
On the interview day he woke up early to prepare. He said a silent prayer that he gets the job before boarding a matatu.
Inside the matatu he sat next to a couple who talked in their mother tongue.
He cared less as he got absorbed in his own thoughts about the interview.
"Samahani kaka (excuse me brother)," the man interrupted. "Tumetoka Tanzania tumekuja kumtembelea kaka yetu (we are from Tanzania and have come to visit our brother)," he said speaking with a Tanzania ascent.
He explained that they had come to see their brother and had problem locating him.
They said they tried calling him several times but the number was out of reach.
They said they had spent three days in Mombasa staying in a hotel and spent all their savings on accommodation and meals.
They now wanted to leave for their country because they were pessimistic of finding him.