- MP Rigathi Gachagua was arrested by DCI detectives over alleged embezzlement of Sh12.5 public funds.
- MP Rigathi Gachagua: “I have requested them to prepare charges and take me to a court of law if they have evidence instead of prosecuting me in the media.”
- The MP insists that his woes are politically instigated because of his firm stand regarding 2022 succession politics.
While all eyes were at the Bomas of Kenya for the official launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) on Monday, October 26, and with all the fireworks witnessed at the historic venue, one MP was not finding it easy.
Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua was last evening arrested by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives over alleged embezzlement of Sh12.5 public funds.
Apparently, the lawmaker failed to explain the source of Sh12.5 billion transactions connected to his bank accounts, with the sleuths drawn from the Serious Fraud Unit immediately driving Rigathi to the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road.
The Jubilee MP is set to be arraigned today (Tuesday, October 27) to face corruption and money laundering charges.
Rigathi Gachagua’s woes
Rigathi is been accused of using his influence to irregularly win National Government tenders as well as award Mathira Constituency CDF tenders to himself and his proxies, using 22 companies. His bank accounts have since been frozen.
In a past interview with TV47, Rigathi alleged that his woes are politically instigated because of his firm stand as far as the 2022 succession politics is concerned.
During the interview, the Deputy President (DP) William Ruto ally insisted that the monies in his bank accounts are genuine because he is an astute businessman in his own right.
“I was voted the other day , this is money that I created way back in 2012. I have never headed any of those ministries or agencies so the question of using my influence to win tenders illegally is neither here nor there. I am just an astute businessman because I bid tenders in the right way and then win and deliver excellently,” said MP Gachagua.
Rigathi had accused investigative agencies of being used by ‘the system’ to settle political scores.
Rigathi Gachagua’s interview with TV47