- In exchange for sex, Mwangai would buy bhang for girls who were afraid of going to the peddler on their own.
- In addition to this, he also became a pimp, where he would provide girls for high end parties that were organised in the area.
- The girls would have to have sex with him before he handed them over to the party-goers.
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Martin Mwangai was only 15 years old when he first had sex. Little did he know that the encounter with an older woman would be the beginning of a dark chapter in his life that involved sexual, drug and alcohol addiction.
Perhaps if the 24-year-old youth mentor knew that the experience would send him shuttling into the murky world of addiction, he might have thought twice about it.
The reality of the consequences of sex hit him one day when he was 19 years old. It was just after high school and he was in his girlfriend’s house and stumbled upon a packet of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs).
Without uttering a word, he left her house.
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“I was confused and shocked at the same time. I did not want to process what this meant. Instead of confronting my girlfriend then, I ran.”
He feared the worst: that he had contracted HIV.
“It felt like my worst nightmare was coming true. I thought it was a death sentence and wanted to move as far away from the problem as possible.”
And run away he did. All the way to Nairobi when an opportunity to study there presented itself.
He thought his life was over. Once in college at the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) where he was studying business management, he turned to alcohol for comfort. Gradually, he started experimenting with bhang and finally cocaine in a bid to numb his fear that he was HIV positive.
PARTY DID NOT STOP
The party didn’t stop as he lived in Ngara in the numerous student hostels. In exchange for sex, Mwangai would buy bhang for girls who were afraid of going to the peddler on their own.
In addition to this, he also became a pimp, where he would provide girls for high end parties that were organised in the area. The girls would have to have sex with him before he handed them over to the party-goers.
“I also frequented night clubs in town almost every day where I would pick up girls for one night stands.”
After completing college, he landed a job at a local microfinance. However, that did not last more than two months.
“I was rude to my boss. He simply asked me to dress better and come in on time. I thought he was overbearing. Deep down, I wanted to talk to someone about my discovery. All this time, I had not been tested yet to know if I was HIV positive. My friends then were all about partying.”
LANDED ANOTHER JOB