Kenyan Comedian Erick Omondi has broken his silence after Kenyans accused him of using a percentage of money he receives from well wishers to help through his social media platforms to assist those in need.
In a recent interview, Eric passionately refuted the accusations, expressing disbelief at the notion that he would exploit the financial generosity of well-meaning Kenyans.
“We do not fundraise for school fees or for weddings or things like ruracios (traditional engagement). Things like those I can be tempted to take some money and keep to myself. I am fundraising for people who are depending on that money to be alive. If you touch that money, you might be cursed. We are dealing with kidney transplants, someone whose son has been in a mortuary for five years and so I would never do that. I would never take any amount from a needy person,” Eric told Nairobi News.
The comedian stressed that his fundraising efforts are focused on cases where the financial aid is vital for survival, such as medical emergencies.
He believes that diverting funds from such cases would not only be morally reprehensible but could also invite curses onto his generation.
“There are so many types of money, there is blood money, there is someone who is killing to get money, and then there is someone who is working hard to get money. Eric Omondi is working hard to earn his income. I would never use that money for my gain.”
Through various fundraising campaigns, Eric has rallied Kenyans to support causes ranging from assisting a disabled mother harassed by Nairobi County officers to aiding a grieving mother unable to bury her son for five years.