Friends to the embattled Mathira Member of Parliament Rigathi Gachagua on Monday 26 July showed the power of unity to their friend who was arraigned in court over graft trial after helping him raise Ksh12 million cash bail in just three hours.
The lawmaker was arrested on Friday 23 July at his home in Nyeri before being transferred to Nairobi where he spent the entire weekend in police cell.
Following his dramatic arrest the lawmaker was later charges with 6 counts of graft; collusion to perpetrate corruption, fraudulent acquisition of public property, acquisition of proceeds of crime, conflict of interest and, money laundering.
Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi presiding over the case granted the lawmaker Ksh 12 million cash bail with an alternative bond of Ksh 25 million
and was directed to relinquish his passport and not contact any of the witnesses or threaten them.
The lawmaker stated that he is grateful for being home with his family after facing so charges alleging ordered by DCI in connection to State House, also thanked his friends unconditionally for their exemplary assistance towards his release.
“I thank God that I am finally at home with my family after facing trumped-up charges by the DCI on orders from State House… I thank all the friends who helped me raise the hefty cash bail in a record three hours,” Rigathi stated.
Rigathi also sent thank you a message to his wife and children, his lawyers, and Deputy President William Ruto for the support they accorded him while in police custody.
Rigathi also noted that officers at the DCI headquarters and Gigiri Police Station were very professional in discharging their duties and they treated him with respect.
“Finally, I thank the people of Mathira, Kiambaa, and Eldoret who expressed their disgust, in one way or another, with the use of the criminal justice system to persecute those of different political stand from that of the powers that be,” he added
The court ordered Rigathi and the other co-accused to appear before the court on August 3 before the pre-trial scheduled for August 9.