Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua has denied transacting over Ksh12.5 billion through his accounts in the last seven years, allegedly proceeds of theft.
Gachagua who was arrested on Monday, October 26, 2020 and later released on a police bond is set to appear before the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) today for processing.
Speaking on Tuesday morning, Gachagua denied ever being in possession of such money, or even ever ever possessing Ksh1 billion in his life.
“I told them that I have never seen a billion shillings in my lifetime leave alone in the seven years that they are saying. I have always involved myself in clean business,” he said.
The MP recently had his bank accounts frozen as detectives probed the source of the billions that passed through his accounts.
Three of the accounts frozen by the Asset Recovery Agency holds Ksh202 million, Ksh165 million and Ksh35 million. Two others had Ksh1.1 million and Ksh700,000.
He is alleged to have used proxies to fraudulently secure tenders using 22 companies with him as the sole beneficiary.
Charges prefered against the lawmaker, according to the DCI, include abuse of office, conflict of interest, conspiracy to commit crime and money laundering.
The MP allied to Deputy President William Ruto has in the past denied allegations leveled against him terming it a political witch hunt.
“This is witch-hunt and a scheme meant to harass me because of my political stand… We cannot criminalise enterprise. We cannot criminalise hardwork. I have been in business for the last 20 years since I left the civil service. It is only natural that I have some little money,” added the MP.
The MP is a renowned businessman and was once President Uhuru Kenyatta’s aide during his 2002 presidential bid.