In October 2018, Pendo left Team Mafisi heartbroken after a video from her engagement to Joseph Kner went viral.
Her close friend, Mishi Dora shared it first, as it happened.
Pendo later took to social media with photos and videos flaunting her engagement ring. But it turns out the whole affair was stage managed!
Kner revealed to KISS100.co.ke that he met Pendo on Instagram and upon visiting Kenya, he asked her to ‘work’ with him. The engagement was a ploy to attract the attention of his Kenyan baby mama and daughter he hadn’t seen for some time.
I SAW HER PROFILE ON INSTAGRAM AND THEN I ADDED HER. FUNNY SHE WAS THE ONE WHO SENT ME A MESSAGE FIRST AND WE TALKED ON WHATSAPP. SHE SHOWED INTEREST IN ME AND I TOLD HER I WOULD BE VISITING KENYA TO SOLVE A PROBLEM I HAD CONCERNING MY DAUGHTER.
Pendo who was later asked to clarify the allegations maintains the engagement was real and not staged, when asked if she feels Joseph used her she said;
HE’S A DEMON!
Pendo was at that time desperate for love because well, she had just come from a serious heartbreak.
Kner revealed that all this was in a bid to get the attention of his baby mama and his daughter after not seeing them for a year plus.
I hadn’t seen her for a year because her mom was hiding her. I explained to Pendo that I needed to get the attention of my daughter’s mom from whom I had separated. I also added the only thing she feared was that I would go public with the separation story.
SO I PROPOSED TO PENDO A DEAL FOR A CERTAIN PAYMENT WHICH SHE WOULD SHARE WITH HER BOSS JANET MWALUDA FROM NAIROBI DIARIES. JANET NEEDED TO BE PAID AS PER PENDO’S INSTRUCTIONS. THE PAYMENT WAS ROUGHLY OVER SH250,000. WE AGREED I WOULD PLAY THE ROLE OF HER FUTURE FIANCEE WHICH WOULD BE A HEADLINE IN NAIROBI DIARIES SHOW AND JUST LIKE THAT, I WAS CONVINCED THAT THE MOTHER OF MY DAUGHTER WOULD HEAR THIS AND CONTACT ME. THE PLAN WORKED AND SHE CAME OUT OF HIDING AND CONTACTED ME AS SOON AS THE PROPOSAL VIDEO WENT VIRAL.
DATING IS TOO MUCH SAID, THIS WHOLE THING WAS A DEAL, NOT A RELATIONSHIP. NAIROBI DIARIES IS A SHOW, PENDO IS A CAST MEMBER AND THE WHOLE CREW OF FRIENDS AVAILED THEMSELVES FOR THE ‘ENGAGEMENT’ AND I HAD TO ACT AS OTHERS TOO.
We contacted Pendo to respond to the allegations and when asked if their engagement was a commercial deal and if it was scripted she denied saying;
OOOOH GOD…NO!!. NOTHING WAS SCRIPTED
We also contacted Janet Mwaluba, the Nairobi Diaries Producer for a comment but she didn’t respond.