By Billy Muiruri
“Cheating spouses no longer wait for the weekend “to sin”. They are turning week days into their time for extra-marital indulgences when it is less suspicious.”
Both men and women are culprits. Economically, the rich, the middle class and even the poor are players in the game.
With private investigators all over, busting through FM stations and partners being generally hawk eyed, cheating partners are finding new tricks to stay in the game.
A trend has emerged in major towns where cheating spouses are “sinning” during week days. They have discovered that this is the time when they are least likely to be suspected.
A decent working class person will drive into the hotel, lodge or guest house dressed in a suit, with some files in hand, looking like they could be attending a meeting.
They then get back to the office, business premises or head straight home depending on the time. This begins as early as 8am, goes on throughout the day with the last person booking at at about 4pm just before the end of official working hours.
Hotels and lodges that have provision for “day rooms”, the reference for an hour or two of using the room are busier on Wednesdays and Thursdays, according to inquiries done by Saturday Magazine team in Nairobi, Eldoret, Mombasa, Nakuru and Thika.
Interviews with hotel receptionists, caretakers and some room managers show the odd hours intimate encounters are happening, with both men and women coming from the office being a rising clientele.
The argument, they say, is that weekends have proved inconvenient to hide such affairs as it is difficult to keep coming up with excuses for their spouses, girlfriends or boyfriends.
The other reason is the rising cost of maintaining a steady girlfriend or “the other woman”.
“We are normally full on Wednesdays between 2pm and 6pm,” says a receptionist at a hotel along Muindi Mbingu Street. She says most of their guests are working class people.
How does she know it is working class people? “You can tell a woman who is from an office – the handbag, the formal clothes, the language, all that,” she confides.
Along Kimathi Street, a receptionist says her day is as busy as the night.
“We now have someone assigned to dealing with the rooms during the day. We call it ‘day service’,” she explains and adds, “Initially, a client would come and say he or she wants to rest after an overnight journey.
This has slowly changed as such clients would be joined by a person of the opposite gender.” Some of the major hotels have been forced to respond to day service needs.
“When a client comes at 11am and wants a room and pays for it, we do not really mind what one does there provided it is within room service regulations. We are in business, remember,” says an assistant manager of the hotel that started day services early this year.
The manager who asks not to be named, intimates that more and more women are booking the rooms themselves. “I have particularly noted Wednesdays and Thursday are busier during the day. We can charge upto 75 per cent as we do a night’s stay,” he says. A caretaker at one of the guest houses along Murang’a road says he has seen well-dressed women rushing in during lunchtime, after first getting into a nearby hotel. “Just come after 1pm and you will see,” he challenged us.
We decided to investigate last Tuesday. At around 1:10pm, a brand new model Premio car pulled up near the hotel. A smartly dressed lady came out and could be seen making frantic calls. She then got back into her car.”
A few minutes later, a bigger and newer vehicle pulled up near hers and no sooner had the car pulled up than the lady came out of her car and casually walked towards the guest house.
My colleague followed her and pretended to also seek a room. We kept watch on the bigger car and once the lady settled the bill, she made a call and said, “ I am now ok.”
A dark well built man in a navy blue suit got out of the parked car and followed her to the guest house. In about three minutes, he was inside the guesthouse and the big gate locked behind them.
“The two come at least twice a month. They are regular and I do not think they are husband and wife,” the caretaker confides on condition we do not name the guesthouse.
More enquiries lead us to another hotel along Dubois Road at 2.15pm. We enquire about a day room. “You can have one at Sh800 but if you are not staying for more than two hours, “we can talk”.
As “investigators”, we are more interested in the “we can talk” bit. We charge Sh800 for a whole day but I can get you a room with Sh500 for one hour,” the receptionist tries to make a deal.
“How many rooms can we get? My colleague asks. “We only have two left but more would be available in an hour or two as those occupying them are not residents,” she innocently tells her potential clients. Twenty six out of 28 rooms fully booked at 2.15pm on a Tuesday!
The following day, we move to a higher class hotel to see if we could get a room for two hours. It is 11am when we reach the hotel in the city centre.
Here, all rooms are booked through normal hotel arrangements but we can get a standard room at 75 per cent of the rates if we were to state exactly when we want the room for. According to a businesswoman who is pursuing a divorce case at the High Court in Nairobi, she allegedly caught her husband red handed during the day.
“I did a lot of investigations before I knew what was happening,” she insists from the beginning. She used to call his office shortly after lunch and he wouldn’t be in.
“I always called him on Tuesday or Thursday as I would not be very busy on both days,” she goes on.
Her husband’s colleague secretly called her and asked her to find out why her husband always visited the hotel, near University of Nairobi with another unidentified lady on Tuesdays.
“On the fateful day, I patiently lay in wait at the hotel’s lobby at 1:30pm. I had gathered information that was his time at the hotel,” she says.
She saw it all although she was pretended to read a newspaper.
“He paid for the room and went up the stairs. The lady, whom I knew as his former colleague, followed him. Just as she closed the door, I bust in,” narrates the mother of two whose divorce case is almost over.
According to her, the man had paid Sh2,475, for the day service, 50 per cent of the normal hotel rate.
While some hotels will not charge half rates, most of them seem to have responded to “demand” and hired daytime room staff. It seems the era of keeping girlfriends or mistresses and having to pay their rents, bills and upkeep is threatened by this phenomenon.
Perhaps due to pressure of work and traffic snarl ups, it is easier for the working class or business people to excuse themselves and afford to stay out of office longer than usual or late in the evening during weekdays.
Source DAILY NATION