On the morning of Tuesday June 25, thousands of unsuspecting youth descended on Kigali from all corners of Rwanda. Everyone was in high spirit – looking forward to, perhaps, a new life out of poverty.
Some had left their villages the previous day and spent the night with family and friends in Kigali. They had come to attend a “Money, Business and Wealth Conference”.
Some had in previous weeks and days paid between Rwf 4,500 and 23,300 to a phone number as attendance fee. Many others paid Rwf 4,500 cash at the gates of the Radisson Blu Hotel and Kigali International Conference Center.
Like the popular saying goes, the rest is history; but the saga left an entire nation in disbelief as to how such a scam could be pulled, of all places, at Rwanda’s leading hotel!
In the last 25 years, it is only President Paul Kagame who has brought such a large number of youth to the capital at the same time and venue. Until Dr Charles Kinuthia surfaced.
On Monday July 15 – more than 20 days later, Dr Kinuthia, two other female suspects and a Rwandan male were refused bail by the Kagarama Primary Court.
The state charged them with fraud, holding illegal gathering and a host of other cases.
The Chronicles has since been digging up for details to fill up the many gaps around this scam. So many questions have remained unanswered, until now.
We have information from his family, his numerous “ex-wives” in the United States, and Americans he allegedly scammed of tens of thousands of dollars. Some of them contacted us, and in turn aided us to find other sources. For others, we contacted them after they had posted comments on the stories on The Chronicles site about the scam in Rwanda.
The Chronicles has also established that Dr Kinuthia is an associate of Dr Clyde Rivers, President of ‘I Change Nations‘, which brands itself as a global humanitarian and business development entity. Dr Rivers is Honorary Ambassador at Large for the Republic of Burundi.
He has that role “as appointed by H.E. President Pierre Nkurunziza and Special Advisor to President Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Republic of Burundi Africa”, according to his website.
Here are shocking details we have established about Dr Charles Kinuthia, whose Rwanda posters read “Dr CK Charles”.
Is he a Kenyan as has been reported?
According to three sources, interviewed separately, Dr Kinuthia was born in Kenya on 01/01/1983, making him 36 years now. At the age of 16, he left for Australia, then Finland, and arrived in the US State of Texas in 2006.
On his LinkedIn page, Dr Kinuthia writes that he arrived in Texas from Australia. This is false, according to our sources, who suspect he could be hiding something that happened in Finland. As to why he left Kenya, the details given to us are shocking, we have opted to leave them out.
In 2016, ten years after arriving in the US, Dr Kinuthia managed to obtain US citizenship with the help of one of his “ex-wives” who is American. The Chronicles agreed NOT to name them so they could speak freely.
Family and kids?
Both Dr Kinuthia’s parents live in the US. He is the last born, with a sister and a brother who is an evangelical pastor. All of them live in the US.
Dr Kinuthia does not have any children. Even from his marriages, he did not have children.
One of the ex-wives told The Chronicles: “I do not have children with him THANK GOD, no child deserves someone like that”
Does he hold a PhD?
The short and always elegantly smart Kinuthia addresses himself on all platforms (web and speeches) as “Dr Charles Kinuthia”, and in other places simply as “Dr CK Charles”. One would expect him to be a proud holder of the highest academic honors: PhD, or a medical degree.
However, according to multiple sources, the story is entirely different. Charles Kinuthia attended a community college in Texas but dropped out permanently.
As for the title “Dr”, it is allegedly a honorary title he obtained from a program conducted by “I Change Nations” led by Dr Clyde Rivers.
“Clyde has a program where his closest confidantes are awarded with such honorary titles of doctor. Those titles overtime do stick yet they are a sham,” said one of our sources.
Kinuthia Targets Black Women
The Chronicles has established that Kinuthia has dated several women over the years, but officially three of them. We have decided not to publish their names. What is common with all of them is that they are black women, and all have filed court cases accusing him of defrauding them of money.
We asked them why he has been targeting only black women:
One of them told us: “Why would he target white women? It’s easier to con your own people, that’s why he was successful in your country.” (Referring to the Rwanda scam).
Another retorted: “We are not rich women. I believe me and the other women, who I know, are very smart women with successful businesses. Above all, we are beautiful. These are characters that will attract any man.”
Since 2017, up until he was arrested in Rwanda, he was living with another woman in Texas. However, The Chronicles was unable to contact her due to failure to obtain her contacts.
How did he end up in Rwanda?
The Chronicles has yet to establish the exact dates when Charles Kinuthia arrived in Rwanda for the “Money, Business and Wealth Conference” that was scheduled for June 25. However, what we have been able to establish is that last year, Kinuthia accompanied Dr Clyde Rivers to Burundi. The delegation spent some time there as guests of the state since Dr Clyde is President Pierre Nkurunziza’s ambassador-at-large.
In addition, the multiple sources who spoke to The Chronicles confirmed that Kinuthia has been to very many countries. “As result of that, he gets very high discounts on travel which allows him to travel very cheaply. He has been to Nigeria, Kenya and many others to do scams,” said the source.
Another source added: “My instinct tells me he must have developed the Rwanda project from Burundi. I seriously suspect he has people in Rwanda who helped him fix that scam. I don’t think he would have been able to pull it off without powerful help.”
How much has he defrauded from unsuspecting victims?
Charles Kinuthia is a wanted man! In Texas alone, back in 2017, he launched a tax franchise called ‘One Stop Tax’, in which people gave him money for which he promised big returns on investment.
According to one of the people who lost money, there were two options: $25,000 for a “location” and $15,000 if the client needed a “kiosk”.
Kinuthia promised that for those paying $25,000, their money would accumulate to $100,000 by year-end.
“About 20 people failed in this [tax franchise business],” according to this source.
However, we have been told by the women he married that this tax franchise was just one of the many scams he pulled off. It therefore suggests that Kinuthia was able to live on such money from the successful scams.
Kinuthia has also managed to convince some churches in Texas to invite him as a pastor. He also did conduct a “pastoral trip” to Nigeria in 2017. As a good orator, Kinuthia ably wooed his audiences to cover expenses.
Will he return to the U.S?
At the moment, two of his former wives have filed cases against him. By the time he came to Rwanda, the authorities in Texas were already looking for him. One women said: “The people handling my case went to his office in June and found no one there. Then a couple of weeks later, I read your news that he was arrested in Rwanda.”
How did he become such “good salesman” with limited education?
As detailed above, Charles Kinuthia has no known formal education. So how has he been able to develop such a smart mind. All the people we spoke to agreed that Kinuthia is extremely intelligent.
One of his ex-wives told us that Charles developed that sharp business mind while in Australia where he also sold newspapers. She described him as “very, very good salesman. He can sell you a glass of water telling you its juice and you will drink it convinced its juice. It’s strange that he is a very talented salesman yet that skill has not given him anything. He is a very poor guy now. He drives a very old car. He still lives in an apartment in a rundown neighbourhood. He doesn’t have his own house.”
She added: “People will wonder how he is celebrated in other places and deliver the messages as he does. Charles reads a lot of books, a lot of books! He is a reader for sure! And he is very dedicated to whatever he wants to do. This is a person who wakes like 4:30am in the morning – reading and writing. You know what I mean. So even though being successful in life, he is not there and doesn’t have anything to show for it, he still has so much knowledge in him….”
Another of the ex-wives said: “He is a very smart individual and could have used his talents for good. Funny enough, he and I met in church and he was the keyboard player and worship leader so it’s hard to distrust someone like that.”
Aren’t these women accusing him because they are bitter?
When we posed this question, one of them responded this way: “My life has moved on and I’m happily re-married and changing the lives of other women around me and globally. In life we all learn lessons. I don’t wish Charles Kinuthia ill but at some point the scamming must stop. I don’t want to be associated with him in any way or have my business dragged through the mud. He made his own bed.”
Another one said: “Oh no! I have healed. I’ve gone through so much….I have moved on. I have my own man…However, am sharing this information because I believe somebody else out there needs to know who this person really is. He has messed so many people’s lives and he continues to do so. [Rwanda scam] is not the first time Charles has gone around lying to people, giving people false information. I have seen it. I called him out on it. So really am not coming from a bitter place, but a place where am like ‘if there is anything I can do to teach this man to respect people and their money, be nice, humble himself, become a better man…That’s what am all about.”
As the situations stands now, Charles Kinuthia and the three co-accused are awaiting the start of their trial in a week or two.