MP Rigathi Gachagua Arrested

  • Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua was on Monday, October 26, arrested by Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over the Ksh12.5 Billion scandal.

    Gachagua was taken to the DCI Headquarters along Kiambu road in Nairobi over alleged embezzlement of public funds.

    According to the DCI, 22 companies are said to have been beneficiaries of the alleged multi-billion scandal in tenders from the national and county governments. 

    Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters along Kiambu Road
    Simon Kiragu

    This comes a d after the MP’s bank accounts were frozen with detectives seeking to establish the source of the huge sum that passed through his accounts.

    The frozen accounts contained Ksh202 Million with one account having Ksh35 Million another Ksh165 million and two more with Ksh1.1 million and Ksh700,000.

    Other government officials who are allegedly being investigated by DCI include former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri, Laikipia Senator John Kinyua Nderitu, Meru Senator Mithika Linturi and Ruguru MCA Karanja Muriuki.

    The MP is also on the radar of Asset Recovery Agency who is also probing the source of the billions. 

    According to an investigation file, two hairdressers and a former mobile money transfer agent were allegedly awarded multimillion-shilling tenders for the Mathira Constituency NG-CDF.

    Gachagua, however, came out strongly to defend the deals claiming that they were not fraudulent and followed the due procedure. 

    DCI revealed over 101 individuals have been investigated in the last six months in connection with the alleged embezzlement of funds.

    Detectives noted that two companies were paid Ksh150 million after which a huge chunk of the money was transferred onwards to entities allegedly owned by the MP.

    DCI is focusing on medical supplies to hospitals in five counties and transactions with government firms, including parastatals.

    Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua
    Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua

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