The inquest into the death of Keroche heiress Tecra Muigai is revealing more and more troubling details about Omar Lali, the late Tecra’s boyfriend.
Eric Bett Cheruiyot, a former Kenya Defence Force(KDF) Officer who worked as the late’s bodyguard and driver painted the picture of a troubled love affair saying for the nine months he worked for Tecra, she never lived peacefully with her lover.
Eric Cheruiyot who worked for Tecra Muigai between May 2019 and January 2020 said that Lali was a jealous, possessive and protective man, who twice threatened him.
The former soldier said that Lali would retreat to a solitary table and stay alone for hours while Tecra would join her friends for business engagements which annoyed her lover.
The court heard that after the party, the girlfriend of Tecra’s brother James Karanja grabbed Tecra’s handbag from Lali and handed it over to the bodyguard.
“Leave Tecra alone you are an old man and she is a young woman,” James’ girlfriend Victoria reportedly barked at Lali. The bodyguard also added that Lali hurled unprintable insults at Tecra calling her, “ B****, M******, I*****. I couldn’t take it. I told Omar that she was my boss and he couldn’t call her those names,” said the bodyguard.
It is during this confrontation that Lali allegedly threatened: “You do not know me, I will make you disappear and your children will never see you again.”
Cheruiyot added that Omar had threatened him again when they met in Lamu, reminding him about their confrontation in Dar es Salaam.
He said he had to quit after he reported the threats to Tecra citing a hostile work environment.
He also revealed that Tecra had once thrown out Lali from their Naivasha home, leaving the 51-year-old in tears but only for the two to reconcile two hours later.
Cheruiyot added that Tecra had once slapped Lali outside a Naivasha hotel when he had refused to board her vehicle to proceed to another hotel where she was to meet some friends.
“Tecra grabbed Mr. Lali’s shirt and forced him to board their vehicle but he resisted. It’s then I heard Tecra unleash a heavy slap on Mr. Lali then he boarded the vehicle,” Mr. Cheruiyot narrated.
Lali’s reason for not wanting to meet the two friends was that they were “not good people.” Cheruiyot said Tecra had vowed to leave Lali but it never came to pass.
The inquest continues.