On Wednesday, February 5, K24 news anchor Betty Kyallo accused her ex-nanny, Consolata Wawera Mugo, of stealing from her household despite earning a Sh18,000 salary.
“Aren’t there bureaus that can vet nannies and support you even when you employ them to ensure they are doing right by your home and children? Mums and Dad’s we need to wake up and protect our children and homes… Don’t be fooled. Sh18,000 but still they rob,” she wrote.
Giving her side of the story, Consolata refuted the claims and alleged that a new nanny brought in after she left for December holidays set her up.
The mother of two narrated that she got the job through a bureau in Nairobi and was assigned to Betty’s house in May 2019.
She reported to work when Ivanna, Betty Kyallo’s daughter, had just been discharged from hospital and was tasked primarily to look after the four-year-old.
“Ivanna still had pipes in her, even the food pipe. She couldn’t do anything for herself, she couldn’t lift herself, and she couldn’t walk. My job was to carry her everywhere. Even therapy I’m the one who used to take her to therapy with a taxi.
“I sometimes never used to see her mother. But I was looking after that child with my all, more than even my children. I used to stay up at night to change her and regularly check on her,” she told Tuko.
According to Consalata, her salary initially stood at Sh14,000 and was increased to Sh18,000 due to her hard work. It all, however, went south in December when she requested to break for the holidays to be with her kin.
"I was to travel but she didn’t send me my December salary as she normally does. I went to visit my family and came back in January. I found that she had employed another house help who started peddling lies about me to get me off the job and bring her friend to work with her,” she continued.
She claimed that the new househelp told Betty that she had been stealing from her and it is then that the journalist confronted her.
“Betty pulled me to the side and asked me why I was stealing from her. She said I was stealing the baby’s diapers and I asked her why I would do that and where I would even take them yet I don’t have kids that use diapers.”
A slight confrontation, according to the ex-employee, ensued. Betty ordered her to pack and leave.
When she asked for her salary, Betty, with the help of her boyfriend, allegedly ordered her out.
“They didn’t hurt me. They just shouted at me and forced me to get out. I told her I had no money and had a pending debt, one of my children had broken a leg and the other was sent home from school because of lack of fees but she sent me away anyway.”