This past week turned out to be quite spectacular and eventful for Mathira member of parliament, Rigathi Gachagua. After reports emerged on the dailies that he was under investigation in connection to some 12 billion shillings, the vocal tanga tanga member came out to viscously defend himself against the claims, and in the process, made incredible statements of his own.
Rigathi Gachagua has in the past been under investigation by government agencies in connection to what was referred to as tax remittance irregularities, but was never eventually charged in relation to the alleged claims.
While responding to the 12 billion allegations, Hon. Gachagua was speaking on KTN’s political show, Crossfire, which was hosted by Sophia Wanuna. Alongside him was the Orange Democratic Movement party Secretary General Edwin Sifuna, and former Tetu member of parliament, Ndung’u Githinji.
Gachagua dismissed the Investigations against him, and accusations of money laundering, as political witch-hunt, instigated by his political detractors. He said that, far from the huge amounts of money that he’s accused of having stashed away, he has never even seen, or touched 12 billion since he was born.
Court documents, however, show that Mr Gachagua received a total of Sh347 million from several companies, including Encarta Diagnostics Sh112 million, Wamunyoro Investments Sh7.5 million, Rapid Medical Supplies Sh58 million and Specific Supplies Sh103 million.
Some of the money was later transferred to the two fixed deposit accounts while he wired Sh12.9 million to his spouse Dorcas and Sh9 million to Toyota Kenya and Taitan Motolink.
The agency investigated a total of 33 bank accounts that have dealt with the MP or companies associated with him, including Wamunyoro Investments Ltd, Crystal Kenya Ltd, Machine Centre, Technical Supplies and Services Ltd, Skytop Agencies and Specific Supplies Ltd.
The agency says Mr Gachagua and an associate identified as Anne Kimemia, who traded as Jenne Enterprises, were involved in a complex money laundering scheme in collusion with his associated companies.
The documents allege that the MP is a shareholder and director in the said companies.