Saki Treks - Captain Joe Warning
by Michael Boekhoven
I am writing to warn about the subject person and his company organizing treks and operating in Kenya and in Tanzania.
Recently, the owner of the company borrowed USD 810.00 from me for services that had already been paid for against his promise to repay the loan. He failed to do so.
I have brought the matter to the Nairobi police and have filed a report with them but have been told this will not be successful - I recently learned that he has do the same thing successfully in the past.
I am also aware of two other persons he defrauded in the same way. I am posting this with the hope that others are warned.
On February 8, 2010, I contracted with Joseph Muthee Kirienye (also known as Capt. Joe) of the following company:
Saki Treks Expedition (A)
P O Box 674 Nanyuki- Kenya
The contract was for guiding services to Mount Kilimanjaro and included all park entry permits, all camp and hut fees, guides and porters, transport from and returning to Nairobi, all food costs and all equipment hires.
However upon arrival in Arusha, Tanzania it transpired that the park fees had not been paid and consequently the start of the trek was postponed.
Further, problems arose with the local porters and guide. Joseph Kirienve advised me that he could not honour his contracted agreement without a loan sufficient to cover the costs of the park fees, as well as other expenses covered in the contract. As the choice was between cancellation or the additional payment, I agreed against his commitment to repay the loan upon return to Nairobi.
However, he has failed to do so and failed to respond to numerous requests I made of him to contact me.
Submitted: 18 April 2010