Karangu Muraya is a Kikuyu artist and philanthropist who recently came under fire for working with the real estate company, Lesedi Developers. The company has been accused of scamming unsuspecting customers by selling them nonexistent land. Muraya, who is one of the social media marketing influencers for the company, has stated that he also invested in the company and had no intentions of conning people.
Muraya, who hails from Kagio-ini, Murang’a County, grew up in difficult circumstances. In an interview on Kiengei Live Show on Kameme TV, he revealed that he was born by the roadside after their neighbour who owned a vehicle in their village refused to ferry his mother to the hospital.
He partly attended a charity school as his parents were not able to afford school fees for his secondary school education. After completing his secondary school education, he moved to Nairobi to start life on his own. He worked in Nairobi for a while before relocating back to Murang’a where he set up a cosmetic shop. However, he went bankrupt, forcing him to close down the shop.
In addition to being a musician, Muraya is also involved in philanthropy work. He uses his social media platforms to help needy people and has helped more than 1,000 people since he started. As one of the most followed vernacular musicians in Kenya, Muraya has also been a brand ambassador for more than 100 brands.
In 2020, Muraya released a song praising former President Uhuru Kenyatta over the introduction of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). The song also highlighted the impact of Uhuru’s handshake with Raila Odinga and development projects done under the latter’s administration.
In light of the backlash over his association with Lesedi Developers, Muraya has apologized and stated that he will stand with all investors and ensure that they either receive their title deeds or a refund as soon as possible.