Unpaid Kenyan Web Developer Leaves Client the Ultimate Message


Charles Makori MessageSometime back, I compared Kenyan developers’ behaviours to those of tailors and it was interesting to see the number of people who agreed with my comparison. However, it was brought to my attention that there are some clients who are bad as well and drive developers crazy and here’s a possible case of such.

In something that is now becoming some type of trend with web developers, one Kenyan developer, Charles Makori, took down a client’s website and left quite the message on the client’s domain after what he alleges to be the failure to meet the payment requirement by the client.

As per Makori’s message, the client, Greentouch Landscapers, had not paid him and thus he resulted in taking down the website and in its place leaving the bold message, “THIS WEBSITE IS NOT UNDER MAINTENANCE. PAY THE WEB DEVELOPER. YOU HAVE MY NUMBER,” but that’s not it. Makori went ahead and added Rihanna’s Bitch Better Have My Money music video on the page, as the last hammer to his message. Unfortunately, by the time of press, the said message had already been taken down.

Charles Makori Message

After having a good laugh, we decided to find out exactly how the website that Charles Makori developed looked like and we were surprised. We don’t know what the agreement between the client and the developer was, neither do we know what the job description was but to say that the website was poorly done is an understatement. Like seriously, who uses Adobe Flash Player in 2018? And that font!

Greentouch website

According to a WhoIs lookup, the domain www.greentouchlandscapers.com was first registered back in 2014 March and was recently renewed in January of this year. Assuming that the client stayed with such a website for so long, then maybe they were satisfied with the work done.

However, Charles Makori’s business website claims that they deliver 7-star world-class cutting-edge solutions but the only seven stars Greentouch Landscapers’ website manages to get is being an eye-sore.


  1. What is tragic is that these kind of “developers” are the ones that actually dominate the web dev industry in Kenya.

    • In my opnion that might be budget related as in most cases, Kenyan companies do not feel it is worth the investment to have a professional website developed. Simply because most of them lack the ability to understand the extra value a website can have for their company. So they pay peanuts and still are surprised to get monkeys.

      • It has nothing to do with budget. No real developer uses flash in this age. And if it’s about budget, one can put up a fairly good WP site within a small budget. Another problem with budget is where “developers” want to charge 100K for a “website” which is basically a pirated Joomla template with the logo replaced. Personally i would never pay even 10K for most of the Joomla shit i see around.

        • I was not really referring to the flash part, but to the payment issue as mentioned in the article. Off course, i stopped devloping Jooml site like 10 years ago, simply for safety reasons. As far as I am concerned, Joomla is still unsafe to use for company websites. As a webdeveloper i would encourage about anyone to use WordPress due to its flexibility and the quality of the scripting.And you are right, 10K is way too much .

          • Agreed, payment is a problem with most Kenyan companies. I guess it comes from the false idea that web development is simple and easy and that a website adds no value to a company. I see the same attitude in the creative space where art, music, photography etc is looked down upon and does not attract good rates.

  2. The website may be poor but if he met the requirements they agreed on,they need to pay up.They probably just wanted a basic site at the lowest cost and the developer offered them both.Good developers are expensive to say the least.

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