DCI YET TO PROVIDE GACHAGUA EVIDENCE IN SH7BN GRAFT CASE

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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations is yet to provide Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua with documentary evidence related to the Sh7 billion graft case facing him.

Magistrate Rose Makungu was informed that the State has only been able to disclose and furnish the defence with witness statements. During the case’s mention, the prosecutors said the DCI is still processing the evidence. It was revealed that the documentary evidence is bulky and the DCI was still in the process of scanning the documents and when ready they will be electronically submitted to the defence lawyers.

The case will be mentioned virtually on August 27 to confirm whether the DCI has provided the defence with the evidence ahead of trial and the court will make further directions.

Gachagua is facing of conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption, fraudulent acquisition of public funds, conflict of interest, money laundering and acquisition of proceeds of crime. He is also facing charges six corruption charges on acquisition of Sh7.3 billion proceeds of crime between the year 2013 and 2020 through business dealings in the government.

His eight co-accused include Mathira NG-CDF manager William Wahome Mwangi, who is also chairman of Tana Water Works Development Agency (TWWDA). The other accused persons include Ann Nduta Ruo, Jullianne Jahenda Makaa, Samuel Murimi Ireri, Grace Wambui Kariuki, Lawrence Kimaru, Irene Wambui Ndigiriri, David Reuben Nyangi Nguru and Rapid Medical Supplies Ltd. They are out on bail.

DCI is among the anti-graft agencies working under Multi-Agency taskforce created by the president to help fight the war against graft. The continued close work and collaboration between the agencies will ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.

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