High Court orders Gachagua to forfeit Ksh 200m frozen in 2020

The High Court has ordered UDA Deputy President candidate Rigathi Gachagua to forfeit Ksh 200 million to the state after failing to explain how he got the money.

Anti-corruption court Judge Esther Maina said the Mathira MP didn’t provide sufficient evidence on how he was paid the money by Government agencies and the same should now revert back to the Government.

The funds are held at Rafiki Microfinance Bank, in three different accounts, one holding Ksh 165 million, another holds Ksh 35 million while the third one holds Ksh 773,228.

The three accounts are registered in the MP’s names while a fourth account, holding Ksh 1,138,142, is registered in the name of Jenne Enterprises.

The amount was frozen by the High Court in 2020 pending the hearing and determination of a petition by the Assets Recovery Agency.

Justice Miana said the agency had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the monies were paid to Gachagua by Govt agencies yet Gachagua didn’t provide any document to support why he was paid.

“The only contract produced is dated Feb. 2018, indicating that the firm Wamunyoro had been awarded a tender but there was nothing to show he executed that contract so as to entitle him to get the funds,” Justice Maina said.

During the recent Running mate debate, Gachagua insisted he made the money genuinely from working with Government between 2008 and 2011 before he became a Member of Parliament.

  

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