Eight close allies of Mathira MP Rigathia Gachagua were charged before the Anti-Corruption Court with fraudulent acquisition of public funds and conspiracy to defraud the Nyeri County government of Sh27.4 million. The eight who are jointly accused with the Mathira MP were not produced in Court when the MP was charged last week.
The accused, including Mathira NG-CDF Manager, William Wahome Mwangi, appeared before Chief Magistrate Rachel Makungu at the Milimani Anti-Corruption Court where they denied the charges. Mwangi is also Tana Water Works Development Agency (TWWDA) Chairman.
The accused were granted various bail terms of between one (1) million and Kshs.500,000. They include banker-Anne Nduta Ruo, Julianne Jahenda Maka, Samuel Murimi Ireri, Grace Wambui Kariuki, Lawrence Kimaru, Irene Wambui Ndigiriri, David Reuben Nyangi Nguru and Rapid Medical Supplies Ltd.
The court heard that between May 2015 and December 2016, they defrauded Nyeri County government of Kshs. 27.4 million purportedly for the supply of dialysis machines to Nyeri Provincial General Hospital.
Nguru, Rapid Medical Supplies Ltd and the MP faced a separate further charge of fraudulent acquisition of public property for receiving Kshs.6 million from the county, being payment for the supply of dialysis machines on December 29, 2014,
Gachagua is facing four other separate counts including two on money laundering, conflict of interest and acquisition of proceeds of crime, which he denied.
The MP and his co-accused join a growing list of high profile officials battling corruption charges in courts. The increased arrests and prosecutions are as a result of close work and collaboration between the anti-graft agencies working under the Multi-Agency Team, a change in tactic which has ensured the culprits do no slip through the net.