MP Rigathi Gachagua [Photo: Citizen News]
Oct 27th, 2020 – Mathira Member of Parliament, Rigathi Gachagua, is expected at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters in Nairobi, today, to answer to charges, alleging that he embezzled 12.5 billion shillings, public funds.
The MP, who was on Monday grilled at the DCI, is suspected to have, fraudulently secured tenders, using 22 companies, being a sole beneficiary.
However, the lawmaker has denied the allegations that he had influenced the awarding of tenders to himself and his associates. He also said, all the businesses he conducted in the past 20 years are legitimate.
“On reaching there (DCI headquarters) I was told that I was under investigation for dealing with Ksh. 12.4billion in seven years. I told them that I have never seen a Billion shillings in my lifetime leave alone in seven years,” he said.
The legislator further claimed that the accusations are linked to a meeting that was held at Giagatika Trading Center, where the residents in his constituency allegedly kept off, because of incitement.
The DCI and Asset Recovery Agency have frozen the MP’s bank accounts, where one has Ksh 35 million, another Ksh 165 million, and two more with Ksh.1.1 million and Ksh.700,000 each.