A Nairobi court has granted Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua Ksh 12 million cash bail or an alternative Ksh 25 bond in a Ksh 7.6 million graft case he is facing.
The orders were issued by Chief Magistrate Lawrance Mugambi who ordered the Legislature to deposit his passport with the court and not to interfere with the witnesses aligned against him.
Gachagua who was represented by a team of 10 lawyers was facing six counts of fraudulent acquisition of property, money laundering, and intention to commit fraud.
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Also arrested alongside the MP were 10 others as the defense requested the court for a considerate bail term given that he has been in custody since Friday. They also called on the court to end the culture of arresting people on a Friday.
Rigathi Gachagua was arrested on Friday at his rural home in Nyeri in what the detectives seek to understand the transfer of Ksh 12 billion through 79 companies all linked to the legislature.
The MP himself noted that the arrest was political following the win of UDA in Kiambaa and his close association with DP William Ruto who noted that they were aware they would come knocking.
“My bro Gachagua, I know you are strong because we knew these politically instigated trumped-up charges were coming. This persecution on account of our friendship & political beliefs will come to an end. They have connections, networks, pedigree& godfathers BUT we have GOD our Father.” Said DP William Ruto.
“As predicted two dozens of DCI officers raided my Nyeri home and arrested me to face trumped up charges of money laundering. I am being driven to Nairobi at reckless speed to spend the weekend in the cells.
I am happy it is finally over. It has been two years of hell; being arrested and released, writing countless statements, being prosecuted in the media, intimidation and harassment to me and family. I am happy I now have a chance to be vindicated in a court of law as our courts are independent.” Said MP Rigathi Gachagua