The embattled Mathira Member of Parliament Rigathi Gachagua has been approved for a cash bail of Ksh12 million with an alternative Ksh25 million bond after spending a weekend in a police cell over graft charges.
On Monday 26 July, Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi ordered the accused to give his passport to the court and warning him not to interfere with witnesses or contact them.
Reports indicate that Rigathi will still be detained within the court until his bail process is completed.
The lawmaker is facing six counts of graft cases; including conspiracy to commit an offense of corruption, money laundering, and fraudulent acquisition of property.
Led by Kioko Kilukumi, Rigathi is being represented by 10 lawyers; Alice Wahome, Gladys Sholei, Kipchumba Murkomen, Sylvanus Osoro, Irungu Kangata, Gibson Kimani, Wycliffe Nyabuto, Amos Kisiwi, and Paul Gacheru.
Kilukumi had earlier requested that the lawmaker be given reasonable bail terms, claiming that the values quoted in the charge sheet are not limited to the bail the court should consider.
The lawyer also called upon the court to consider the accused was arrested on Friday at 3 am at his rural home in Nyeri, urging the court to discourage the virtue of arresting citizens on a Fridays citing a High Court decision which was of the view that the ‘kamata kamata’ arrests must not be authorized to take place
“They decided to abuse power. What they did ought to be condemned. He should have been arraigned in court at least at noon when they arrested him at 3 am,” Kilukumi stated.