Gachagua Denies Graft Charges, Freed On Sh12 Million Cash Bail

Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua was on Monday freed on Sh12 million or Sh25 million bond after pleading not guilty to the graft charges.

Appearing in court before Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi today, the lawmaker denied charges in all counts of the Sh7.4 billion graft case.

He was represented by 10 lawyers, Kioko Kilukumi, Alice Wahome, Gladys Sholei, Kipchumba Murkomen, Sylvanus Osoro, Irungu Kangata, Gibson Kimani, Wycliffe Nyabuto, Amos Kisiwi and Paul Gacheru.

He is set to be detained until 5PM today when he is expected to process the bail with the case set for mention on August 9, 2021.

Gachagua was arrested on Friday by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and has been in custody until Monday, 26, 2021.

Earlier in July, detectives revealed that Gachagua used at least 40 companies to win tenders from the central government and county government.

Most of the tenders discovered were awarded by the government of the late Nyeri governor Nderitu Gachagua, who is his brother.

Gerald Waema Mbatha and Moses Otieno were identified as the proprietors. However, when the money was paid on February 18, 2015, the whole amount was wired to Wamunyoro Investments Limited. The signatory was Sammy Cheborgey, an employee of Mathira CDF committee.

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