Louis Otieno was one of the most decorated of media personalities that Kenya has had grace our screens. The former television host was one of the most sought-after male anchors in his prime.
Louis worked for some of Kenya’s most prestigious stations like KTN and Citizen television but fame seems to have gone to his head, critics argue Why? His fall was just as remarkable and disturbing.
The death of his girlfriend Careen Chepchumba in 2012 was the start of his ignominious fall. Louis Otieno was accused of coercing his late girlfriend Careen Chepchumba to borrow hefty amounts of money to fund his lavish lifestyle. This murder mystery that is still unsolved as of today is the iceberg that brought down his Titanic/career.
Hosea Kili, Chepchumba’s father, in a testimony in court, said that his daughter incurred a Sh3 million debt, monies she spent on Otieno’s rent, medical expenses in Nairobi Hospital and in South Africa. Kili told the court that his daughter also bought Louis Otieno a Range Rover after trading in her VW car.
The court also heard that before she was killed, Chepchumba sought restraining orders against Otieno for allegedly harassing and threatening her. Careen Chepchumba one day took Sh600,000 from her father’s briefcase and when confronted, she said that she had given Sh400,000 to Louis Otieno for his medical expenses.
The court further heard that she had earlier on moved out of her parent’s house to her own apartment, even lying to the family that the house was in Amboseli yet not very far from their home.
But the former news anchor dismissed claims that Careen stole money from Kili to finance his expensive lifestyle, saying she only ran errands for him. He said he bought most of his belongings, such as cars before he met her. He reiterated that he had the money to support his own lifestyle.
Because of the fallout that resulted with this case, many media houses that worked with him started shunning the media star. This, in turn, contributed to his financial well drying up.
A few years after the murder and Louis Otieno was admitted to The Mater Hospital for almost a month with Kenyans being shocked at seeing him looking old and sickly. According to sources close to the former anchor, he had been in and out of rehab for a couple of years. His friends who would hang around with him when he was the king of the screen had deserted him.
Yesterday it was revealed that he was going deaf. This was a culmination of the poor health he has been experiencing over the years. For a man who could order a box of 20 sticks of Davidov cigars valued at US310 dollars, an equivalent of Sh31,000 at the time, he now has to be done for a harambee to go for treatment in India.
Oh! How the mighty have fallen!