Kenyan Lawmaker Charged With Corruption-related Offences

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Kenyan MP Rigathi Gachagua was on Monday, July 26, arraigned in court after spending the weekend behind bars.

Appearing before Milimani Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi, Mr Gachagua was charged with six counts of corruption: the fraudulent acquisition of public property, Money laundering, conflict of interest, and conspiracy to defraud Nyeri county government $270000.

He was charged alongside nine others who were not in court.

The court heard that the offences were committed between 2013 and 2020.

The Mathira legislator is alleged to have been involved in a money laundering case amounting to $120 million. According to a statement issued earlier by the DCI, Gachagua used at least 40 companies to disburse the amount to Wamunyoro Investments Limited, where the MP and his wife are the shareholders.

Gachagua denied all charges.

He was arrested on Friday, a move that sparked criticism from a section of politicians led by Deputy President William Ruto. The second in command claimed the MP arrest was politically instigated.

"The prosecution on account of our friendship and political beliefs will come to an end. They have connections, networks, pedigree and godfathers. But we have God our father," Ruto tweeted.

A section of youths from his constituency also took to the streets demanding his release.

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