Kimani Mbugua appeals for help after losing KSh37k phone

Former television journalist Kimani Mbugua is once again reaching out for assistance, months after he managed to rebuild his life.

In a recent social media post on Saturday, March 23, Mbugua revealed that he was a victim of a mugging incident while filming content for TikTok.

“I was mugged this morning while I was live on TikTok by an individual armed with a machete,” he shared.

The unfortunate incident occurred while he was taking a stroll in the Jomoko area of Thika sub-county.

“I sustained injuries to my leg and hand, but I am managing. I have reported the incident to the Kiandutu Police Station under OB No 05/23/03/2024,” Mbugua disclosed.

He mentioned that he lost his Samsung A34, a phone valued at around KSh37,000, which was originally purchased for him by supportive Kenyans in October last year following his previous public appeal.

“I lost my Samsung A34, which you all generously bought for me. I was using it to produce content… Anyway, I appeal to the Kenya Police to assist me in recovering it,” he added.

Mbugua, who had recently attended a mental health retreat at Maranatha Restoration Home in Thika on Friday, March 22, took the opportunity to share some words of wisdom.

“Taking breaks for mental health is crucial. If you experience a breakdown, as you inevitably might, especially if you struggle with conditions like bipolar disorder and chronic depression, don’t hesitate to take a step back and seek professional help,” he advised.

On October 14, 2023, Mbugua launched his new show, “Unbroken,” after acquiring necessary filming equipment. He expressed profound gratitude to Kenyans for their financial contributions, which helped him rebuild his life after a prolonged period of rehabilitation due to drug addiction.

“I am overwhelmed with joy, and I simply want to express my gratitude. To each and every one of you who contributed, regardless of the amount, thank you immensely for assisting me in getting back on my feet.”

“Today, I acquired equipment, including a new filming device and microphone, which means I can return to the streets where I belong,” he stated in a video message.

During that period, a prominent TikTok personality rallied her followers to raise Ksh420,000 for the former TV journalist’s cause.