Kenya MP lifts the lid, says he funded President Uhuru Kenyatta’s campaigns

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Kenyan lawmaker Rigathi Gachagua has disclosed that he spent millions of shillings to fund President Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidential campaigns in 2013 and 2017.

Speaking in an interview with the local TV on Monday night, the Mathira Member of Parliament wondered why the President has turned against him even after supporting him.

He further revealed that he was the President’s personal assistant in 2002.

“In 2013, I spent a lot to campaign for him because he is my friend. Come 2017, during the repeat elections I asked the President and his Deputy (William Ruto) to leave the whole of Nyeri County to me. I spent millions of shillings in hiring cars, fuelling them, putting up billboards, and campaigning for their re-election,” he said.

Mr Gachagua is facing fraud allegations amounting to $70 million. Last week he was charged with conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption, fraudulent acquisition of public property, money laundering, acquisition of proceeds of crime, and conflict of interest.

He was charged alongside William Wahome Mwangi, Anne Nduta Ruo, Julianne Jahenda Makaa, Samuel Murimi, Grace Wambui Kariuki, Lawrence Kimaru, Irene Wambui Ndigiriri, David Reuben and a company M/s Rapid Medical Supplies.

He denied the charges and was released on bond.

Reacting to the charges, the vocal lawmaker attributed his woes to his close relationship with the deputy president William Ruto.

“Kenyans know that doing business is not a mistake. Chinese do business here worth Sh40 billion ($400 million) and there is nothing wrong with that. The French are doing big business in this country and nobody has ever questioned that. But for Gachagua, because he is African and Kenyan, people question my business dealings. I believe the problem here is that I am supporting Ruto and for that, I have decided that there is no turning back,” he added.

When asked the total amount he spent on campaigns for Kenyatta, he declined to state figures.

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