Details have emerged on the private life of Peter Karanja, the ex-husband of Gilgil MP Martha Wangari who is suspected to have played a role in the gruesome murder of Dutch billionaire Tob Cohen.

Karanja whose rise from a taxi driver struggling to make ends meet to a businessman rubbing shoulders with the high and mighty, introducing  himself as the Chief Executive Officer at Pernest Agency, a company that deals with real estate, before eventually being linked to the gruesome murder started in 2007.

His marriage to Wangari came to a dramatic end last year with the MP opting for divorce and claiming that he had threatened to kill her.

Martha accused him of among other things battery and failure to provide for the family. 

File image of Martha Wangari with Peter Karanja

From a struggling driver, Karanja’s fortunes changed when he joined the Kibaki re-election campaigns to mobilize votes for the former president across Naivasha, Nakuru and Gilgil.

It is in these campaigns that he would meet Miss Wangari, a young graduate with ambitions in the Warembo na Kibaki brigade and love blossomed, ending in a marriage that lasted five years.

With new political networks and connections, his social capital grew and the man who hustled as a taxi driver at the gates of Lake Nakuru national park began living life on the fast lane, going for the fnest things in life.

Sarah's lawyer confirms payment was made

Reports indicate that Karanja admitted knowing Cohen and Wairimu and he was the master of ceremony and Wairimu’s daughter’s wedding in Kitususru.

It is at the same wedding that Wairimu snatched the microphone from the deceased in front of guests and made it clear that he neither owned nor was welcome at the event of his adopted daughter who he had given the best in life.

With Sarah’s marriage going through a rocky stretch and Cohen seeking divorce, it is alleged that a close relation of Cohen’s concerned that he would sever ties resulting a drastic change in lifestyle approached a mystery man to fix the problem.

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A down payment of Ksh40000 was reportedly made to the man and a plot to eliminate Cohen was allegedly hatched.

Sarah’s legal team has maintained that the money that was sent to a man via MPesa had nothing to do with the murder, insisting that it was paid to a professional master of ceremony, who was at the wedding of Cohen’s daughter on December 22, 2018, and is not a murderer.

 “Sarah has a niece, who is getting married on October 18 and she had paid him Sh18,000 deposit to book him for the event but the police have not cared or wanted to know this,” said Murgor.