Was Rigathi Gachagua's Mansion Raided Over Ksh5B? MP Speaks Out [VIDEO]

  • Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua addresses a gathering in Nyeri in 2019
    Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua addresses a gathering in Nyeri in 2019
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  • Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, on Saturday, July 11, spoke out after claims that his house in Mathira, as well as his office in Nairobi, had been raided earlier that morning.

    Rumours had been awash that detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and their colleagues from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) had raided the two properties and recovered millions in cash.

    While addressing the press, the MP refuted that a raid had occurred at his home adding that he was ready to cooperate with the state to clear his name.

    "I do not know why the media relies on rumours. I slept at my house and came from there in the morning. My wife is there and we had breakfast in the morning.

    Mathira MP Kanini Kega with Interior CS Fred Matiang'i at an event in Nyeri in 2018
    Mathira MP Rigathi Kachagua with Interior CS Fred Matiang'i at an event in Nyeri in 2018
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    "Some fellows on social media are just pushing narratives that are nonsensical and meant to derail us in development," he stated.

    He further extended an invitation to investigators promising to offer them lunch when they decided to visit his home.

    "I am focused on what I was elected to do... I am not going to be distracted from my job. If you want to come and visit my home, you are welcome. There is plenty of food," he added.

    He also refuted that he was worth Ksh5 billion as alluded in the press noting that he was still working hard to have a billion shillings net worth under his name.

    According to court documents laid out by Assets Recovery Agency (ARA), a big chunk of the legislator's controversial wealth originated from payments he received from companies and government corporations amounting to Ksh5.7 billion.

    The Ksh5.7 billion, according to the agency, had originated from companies associated with Gachagua that reportedly offered services to ministries, state agencies and County governments.

    His bank accounts containing Ksh200 million were frozen for three months in late June pending the hearing of a case by the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA), that had accused him of money laundering.

    The money was paid out to companies associated with the lawmaker, are suspected to be proceeds of crime.

    Below is the video of Rigathi's explanation: