The controversy surrounding Wendy Waeni, her manager Joe Mwangi and Jalango, has drawn a reaction from the acrobat’s mother, Magdalene Mbele.
In a statement sent to our news desk, Wendy’s mother and her manager have accused respected personalities in the entertainment industry of leveling false accusations against 11-Year-Old Waeni.
Earlier in the week, the acrobat through her manager accused Jalango of refusing to pay Sh4,500 after she appeared on the show ‘Jalango With the Money’ about three years ago.
Waeni’s posts about the alleged fleecing caused ripples on social media as popular showbiz personalities ganged up against Waeni’s manager, Joe, saying that he was dishonest and was jeopardizing the career of the young acrobat.
Among the personalities was popular events manager and emcee, Chris Kirwa, who went as far as accusing Joe of exploiting Waeni.
“Joe Mwangi manager to @wendywaeni .If you r really sincere why did you delete my post to you on the comment you tagged me with @ericomondi & @njeshqabbz ? Joe mwas Mwangi Why did you delete it ? You r burning bridges faster than you can locate them for Wendy Waeni. Please cease all this and apologize to everyone . Please note it’s easy to replace you as manager but not Wendy. Right now as events industry , Emceeing industry, Artists, Radio/Tv we r looking at you and wondering why you r doing this …. like I told u in the post you deleted – you r burning Millions worth of networking and relationships.
I have been in events industry for over 18 years … it takes many years to build a solid brand but it can take 18 minutes to bring it down to ashes, and I mean you as manager not @wendywaeni How long before they feel you r too toxic to be her manager ? ? .
Raise a white flag and reach out to @jalangoo and everyone you have belittled …. it’s critical for your survival as the manager for @wendywaeni – I have known @jalangoo for over 8 years and you Joe mwangi for 3 years and u used Wendy to know me … I am very shocked that as a Brand Manager you don’t realize that you r killing your career. Call @[email protected] @millychebby meet them and apologize …. then post an apology to all artists you told they shot videos on Moi avenue really ?(belittling) fellow Kenyans is not the way to build a brand. You are annoying so many people.
I can’t believe you tagged me and when I responded you deleted and now blocked me from responding (your aim was to show the world I am supporting you ?) …. Finally if you have been receiving money and enriching yourself at the expense of the poor child … it’s about time … God has a way of protecting his children … wendy will survive this but you won’t. Right now I am interested to know how much money you have received on behalf of wendy since you started managing her, how much ended up in her projects and to her mom ? And how much.”
However, in a joint statement, Waeni’s mother and her manager demand that Chris Kirwa apologizes for the abusive and disrespectful post about the high flying acrobat.
“We find it unfair that some respected personalities in the entertainment industry can go ballistic on social media with false accusation against a fellow artist who has a right to address and voice her concerns just like any other artist/Kenyan,” reads the statement.
“Wendy Waeni’s family has noted deeply an abusive post made by one Chris Kirwa who is a respected personality and who upto date is a close friend to Wendy Waeni, he reffered Wendy Waeni to as a “POOR CHILD” and as a family we feel this was a total abusive and disrespectful to Wendy Waeni. We therefore request Chris Kirwa to make an apology on the same platform he used.”
They also demand the same from Jalango whom they accuse of lying.
“It is on record that Jalas denied these claims publicly to clear his name but it is now clear that he lied. This comes after his former producer known as Milly Chebby disclosed publicly that it was indeed true there was an agreement but it wasn’t honoured, confirming Wendy Waenis claims.On this matter, we feel one Felix owes Wendy Waeni and the entire social media family for lying,” reads the statement.
Read the full statement below