The family of a Kenyan man in Corona, California is raising funds to secure freedom for their son, 24-year-old Kennedy Wambui Masila who has been held in jail since June 10, 2020 on allegations of rape.
Kennedy’s family says that Kennedy, who recently migrated to the US from Kenya, is a college student and was working as an Uber driver to make ends meet. The family says that on the fateful night, he received a ping from the Uber app to pick up a passenger, picked her up, and dropped her off at her destination. The woman later called police and said Kennedy had raped her. Kennedy was subsequently arrested and has been held in jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
“Ken drove to the pickup location where he picked up a lady who seemed to be intoxicated. Just like he always did, he drove his passenger to her destination and dropped her off. Ken has assured us that during this trip nothing happened and that it was just one of the many trips he had completed that day. He was later arrested on the aforementioned accusation,” says Dr Fastac Mutua, who is organizing a fundraiser on GoFundMe.com to raise the $20,000 bail amount and an additional $12,500 in legal fees.
“Our son is barely getting situated here in the United States. He was working two jobs to support his family and also going to school to secure a promising future for himself. He has been falsely accused and his promising future put in jeopardy,” says Kennedy’s family.