Kenya Kwanza deputy presidential candidate, Rigathi Gachagua, has cried foul after the High Court ordered him to relinquish Ksh202 million to the state.

According to the Anti-Corruption Court judge Esther Maina’s ruling on Thursday, July 28, the Mathira Member of Parliament was found guilty of corruption and was compelled to pay back what he had plundered from the government.

Rigathi Gachagua
Kenya Kwanza running mate Rigathi Gachagua addresses residents in Nandi County on Sunday, May 29, 2022

“The court finds that the funds are liable to forfeiture as the Assets Recovery Authority (ARA) has discharged its burden of proof that the funds were received by Gachagua,” the judge ruled.

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Gachagua chastised judge Esther Maina for purportedly declining to probe the investigators in order to validate the veracity of the claims.

“The judgment 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. Against the rules of evidence, she refused our 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 claimed.

In a statement, Gachagua described the judgment as a blatant attempt to curtail Kenya Kwanza’s bid to ascend to the presidency in the upcoming August 9 poll.

He asserted, without providing any supporting data, that the decision was swiftly struck after he lashed out at Martha Karua, Raila Odinga’s running mate, in last week’s deputy presidential debate.

“The judgment was hastily rushed ten days before the elections in a futile attempt to undermine my candidature in the coming elections and dent my sterling performance in the running mates debate last week,” the Mathira MP stated.

Furthermore, he pledged to file an appeal of the ruling with the Court of Appeal on the grounds that he hadn’t been given a fair trial.

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