Following his arrest on Friday due to corruption allegations, Mathira member of parliament, Rigathi Gachagua, was on Monday, July 26, released on Ksh 12 million cash bail at Milimani Law Courts. This was after the Mathira member of parliament denied charges pressed against him and pleaded ‘not guilty’ in the graft case.
Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi presided over Rigathi’s case which was represented by 10 lawyers including; Alice Wahome, Gladys Sholei, Kipchumba Murkomen, Sylvanus Osoro, Irungu Kangata, Kioko Kilukumi, Gibson Kimani, Wycliffe Nyabuto, Amos Kisiwi and Paul Gacheru.
His arrest by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) happened at his home in Nyeri. He was then detained at their headquarters in Nairobi. Rigathi faces accusations related to fraudulently acquiring Ksh 7 billion. Investigations are ongoing to determine how he registered companies he allegedly used as proxies to trade with agencies and win tenders. These allegations were raised as a result of the over Kshs 12 billion that were in his accounts. Upon his arrest, some of these accounts were frozen to allow for investigation by the police on the source of this money.
Machira MP Rigahi Gachuga. Image: Citizen TV
In his defense, Gachagua bases these accusations as a result of his political stand. He further argued that his sources of income were not questioned when he supported President Uhuru Kenyatta and it only became a problem after his support for Deputy President,William Ruto.
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