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Rigathi Gachagua staring at arrest over Ksh 12 Billion scandal

Mathira Member of Parliament Rigathi Gachagua is once again at it with sleuths from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations on his radar over alleged graft case that touches him.


This is after the detectives completed their investigations in a money laundering case that he is suspected to be part.


According to a statement released earlier by the DCI director George Kinoti, the ardent DP Ruto supporter allegedly used 42 companies to disburse a cumulative total of Ksh12 billion.


The transactions are reported to have taken place when Rigathi’s elder brother the Late governor Nderitu Gachagua was serving in the Nyeri County top seat.


Deep details unearthed that all the monies were pooled in a firm listed as Wamunyoro Investments Limited, a company with the MP and his wife as the directors.


According tho Nation publication, investigation found that Rigathi’s personal assistant, Julienda Jahenda Makaa, a former mobile money agent turned hairdresser, received procurement deals worth Ksh15 million from Mathira CDF.


Julienda worked at a hair dressing shop owned by the Gachagua family, with the Saloon business established in Nairobi’s Buru Buru estate.


The Hairdresser was a beneficiary of a company registered as Skytop Agencies through whose bank account the stated monies were received.


The monies reportedly for road construction tenders. Another firm, Machine Center Limited also received Ksh34 million on the same front with the monies later channeled to companies where the two are directors or shareholders.


The, Machine Centre Limited also obtained a total of Ksh314 million from the Ministry of Water and Sanitation for the Sagana River Restoration Project, according to DCI reports in the case.


The above firms and others are the backbone of the complicated web of transactions, together with other illicitly accessing health tenders from both the county and national government.


Another private firm called Upperdeck Agencies also won a Ksh9.4 million tender for supply of linen to Nyeri County hospitals, with the owners listed as Gerald Waema Mbatha and Moses Otieno.


Sleuths discovered that when the money was paid on February 18, 2015, the entire amount was re-wired to Wamunyoro Investments Limited, with a balance of Ksh5 only left.


Rigathi acknowledged that his arrest was looming, but denied wrongdoing all the same, noting that it was ill-instigated due to his link and support for the Deputy President Wiliam Ruto.


The authority dug into the source of his wealth without finding explanations moving to freeze assets, ARA was only able to justify circulation of Ksh7.3 billion from his accounts and held on to Ksh5.2 billion.


“It will be malicious and devoid of merit to arrest me without evidence of crime,” Rigathi stated told the High Court in a past petition.

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