- The eye-witness real name was established as Charles Karanja after identifying himself as Dennis Muigai Ngengi
- The family members said that he claimed to be a close ally of the president
The family members of the mysterious eyewitness have come out to reveal dirty secrets about him days after the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Ndegwa Muhoro said that the man has a criminal record.
Among the family member, the eye-witness’ estranged wife Damaris Karuitha told the DCI that he conned her into marriage. Throughout their marriage, the ex-wife believed that the eye-witness was working for President Uhuru Kenyatta as a member of the security team.
Damaris said that she believed what the man said since he had posted several photos on Facebook of a person who closely resembled him and was seated behind the President on several occasions.
“They were posted on his Facebook page, affirming my belief that my husband was a security officer," said Damaris.
The eye-witness whose real name was established as Charles Karanja by the DCI has been using different names such as Alex Musyoka, Francis Theuri, Antony Waweru, and Martin Githaiga among other names.
Another woman also told the detectives that she met Charles Karanja in 1996 in Nanyuki and he told her that he was a close friend to President Uhuru. Other family members including the eye-witness’ sister Nancy Wanja and the uncle Francis Njogu said that the man claimed to be a close friend to the president as well.
"He is pathological liar who masquerades as a military officer or police officers attached to the President's escort,” said Nancy.
Another bar owner in Murang’a also told the detectives that Karanja conned into a relationship by pretending to work for the president. Karanja would later boast to other people by picking phone calls and pretending to speak to the president while having free beers at the lady’s bar.
Charles Karanja claimed to be a State pilot who was well acquainted with the pilot of the ill-fated craft in the Nakuru crash He also claimed to have been behind Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuri’s vehicle before it crashed on the rail guard.