Kenya Kwanza running mate, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua has instructed his Lawyers to file an appeal in the Court of Appeal to stay the orders and set aside the judgement of the High Court ordering him to forfeit Ksh 200m to the Government.
In posts on his social media Twitter account, Gachagua said, “The judgement today by Justice Esther Maina, in my case against the Asset Recovery Agency, did not come as a surprise to me and my Lawyers. The Judge was biased against us from the word go and threw caution to the wind by conducting a sham trial.”
He claims the judgement was hastily rushed ten days before the elections in a futile attempt to undermine his candidature in the coming elections and dent his sterling performance in the running mates debate last week.
“The Judge again declined our request to highlight our submissions against the known and accepted practice all over the world. She refused my request to call witnesses to testify on how I got my money. She has made a ruling relying solely on the allegations by the State without giving us an opportunity to put the allegations to test as per the known practice all over the world,” he said.
Gachagua further accuses the Judge of dismissing his application to cross examine the Investigator in order to test the veracity of his allegations.
“She ruled that all evidence should be through affidavits and rejected oral evidence,” he said.