Kenyan lawmaker Rigathi Gachagua was arrested on Friday in an early morning raid by officers drawn from the office of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
The officers picked Mr Gachagua from his Nyeri home in central Kenya.
“As predicted two dozens of DCI officers raided my Nyeri home and arrested me to face trumped-up charges of money laundering. I am being driven to Nairobi at reckless speed to spend the weekend in the cells,” read his Facebook post.
The Mathira MP is fighting money laundering allegations 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.
He denied the accusations terming them political witch hunt. He has linked his arrest to the recent Kiambaa parliamentary mini-polls, where UDA candidate trounced Jubilee party’s point man with 510 votes.
“Though I played a minimal role, I had no vote. Will you arrest all voters of Kiambaa? Kiambaa was just a tip of the iceberg, the handshake state faces a humiliating defeat in 2022,” he added.
Following his arrest, a section of youths in Nyeri flooded streets to protest. They lit bonfires and barricaded the Nyeri-Nairobi highway. However, the youths disperse when police appeared.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.