By Ben Leshau
February 3, 2021, will remain etched in the memory of John Makori, a Deejay (DJ) at a nightclub in Narok town.
Not because of anything good that happened to him but because it was the night he fell victim to a marauding gang of young, beautiful girls who have perfected the act of spiking revelers drinks.
By the nature of his job, Makori has witnessed a number of revelers having their drinks spiked and lose everything in the club but he never thought the same could befall him.
On a fateful night, he had completed his shift and decided to relax with customers who appreciated his work, some who offered him tips in cash while others bought him drinks.
Since he does not drink alcohol, Makori either exchanged the alcohol with soft drinks or returned them to the counter in exchange for cash.
All was well until 2am when as he was leaving the club two beautiful ladies who looked stranded stopped him at the exit.
“They begged me to offer them a place to sleep for at least three hours since they could not go home. One of them even shed tears,” he recalls.
They looked desperate and since he is a bachelor and
did not have a date with his girlfriend, he decided to accommodate them as a Good
When they arrived at Makori’s house, one feigned hunger and pleaded with their host to at least make them fried eggs.
“I poured them some juice and mine too then went to the kitchen to prepare fried eggs which I served them and sipped my juice once only,” he adds.
He did not know was that as he was busy preparing the eggs, his drink was spiked right inside his house.
“One moment, everything was fine – and the next, I’d lost control of all of my limbs and later woke up face down on the floor of a hospital waiting room not knowing what had happened.
The experience was completely disorientating both physically and emotionally because it took him a long time to feel normal again.
“Such vulnerability is uniquely challenging because of the bewildering mix of fear and confusion alongside the after-effects of an unknown drug that has entered your system without your consent,” adds Makori.
He lost his music equipment worth thousands of shillings, cash,
household goods, mobile phones, and other valuables, and the culprits have never been found.
Cases of drink spiking in some pubs in Narok County have been steadily increasing over the past one and half years.
Those affecting adult males almost doubled between February 2019 and 2021 with over 100 cases were reported at Narok Police Station.
Men are especially vulnerable, based on police records seen by the County Press at the police station, accounting for 98 percent of the cases.
The Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020 stopped the trend because pubs and bars were closed – the most likely venues for such a crime to take place.
For Daniel Kipkorir, a teacher at a local high school and the latest victim of drink spiking, the lockdown felt like a big relief to him.
“Because bars are closed, I no longer have to find excuses not to go to social events or drink, which had become an anxiety-inducing experience,” he said.
In January this year, he went to a party with his two friends at a club on the outskirts of Narok town and all was well until a skimpily-dressed woman stole his heart but he didn’t know that she was targeting more from him.
Kipkorir who had entered the club having Sh43,000 later also parted with his mobile phone and money in his bank account that night and later woke up drowsy and penniless.
“We had gone to hang out with my friends at a club and all was fine as we sipped our drinks undisturbed but all of a sudden a brown lady came over and requested to join our table and being such a beauty, we did not mind,” narrates Kipkorir.
His two friends left him with the lady who had by now become an acquaintance and he decided to retire to bed with his newfound love to bed, a decision he lived to regret.
“The only thing I could later remember was I went with her to the room but I woke up almost 18 hours later, my new smartphone missing and to my shock over Sh35,000 also emptied from my bank account,” he recalls.
He borrowed a phone from a friend and replaced his Safaricom sim card and on checking his account balance, it had also been wiped off the Sh7,000 he had.
Kipkorir is not the only victim of these new criminals in Narok, but just one among many that had fallen prey to the seductive syndicate.
Barely a month ago, the same harrowing experience happened to two local tourists who had their mobile phones stolen after they were drugged.
Local police sleuths confirmed that few cases have been reported and that they were pursuing the culprits.
Urbanus Kioko, area DCIO though declined to divulge more on the progress of investigations only saying the reported cases were being investigated.
“We are tracking some key contacts that were provided by some victims and soon we will be making arrests and prosecutions,” he said.
He warned men against entertaining strangers and called on victims of similar cases to report the incidents to police for action.
According to the security team, the drug identified as midazolam
is used to spike the victims’ drinks sending them into slumber
and thus giving the culprits time to ransack their pockets robbing them of cash and other valuables.
Though the sale of the drug is limited to medical prescriptions in
Kenya, the security agencies believe that the drug could be smuggled from neighboring Tanzania.
Dr. Stephen Lerionki,a private medical practitioner said the drug is banned in Kenya’s chemists and pharmacies and is only prescribed and administered under strict medical situations.
“That drug is dangerous and can kill if ingested in huge amounts. It also has serious side effects such as drowsiness and temporary dementia,” warned Dr. Lerionki.
He urged revelers to party safely and only socialize with trusted friends to protect themselves against drink spiking.
“Plan how you
will watch out for each other while you are out and also uy your own drinks. If
you are at a venue that serves drinks, watch the bartender prepare your drink. Don’t
accept drinks from strangers,” he advises.
He said if you accept the offer of a drink from a stranger, accompany them to the bar and take the drink from the bartender yourself.
“Be wary if a stranger buys you a drink and it’s not the type of drink you requested. Don’t take your eyes off your drink. If you need to leave to go to the toilet or dance, for example, ask a trusted friend to keep watch,” he adds.