The six charges levelled against Mathira MP Hon Rigathi Gachagua on Monday, after years of Director of Criminal Investigations hyping the case are a travesty of law enforcement. It not any wonder the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) did not even care to oppose his application for bail. Here are the six(6) charges pressed against Hon Rigathi Gachagua and why the MP has no case to answer:-
Count 1: Hon Gachagua is accused of conspiracy to commit an offense of corruption. The allegation is that between May 2015 and December 2016, the MP and the 9 others conspired at a “unknown place in Republic of Kenya” to defraud County of Nyeri Ksh. 27, 493, 860. The witnesses against the MP are not stated. The basis for alleging that the MP conspired to defraud Ksh. 27 Million is not disclosed. Whether the MP was successful in defrauding the said money is not clear.
Count 2: It is alleged that on 29th December 2014, Hon Rigathi Gachagua and Rapid Medical Supplies Ltd in Nairobi acquired Ksh. 6 Million being part payment for delivery of Dialysis Machines to Nyeri Provincial General Hospital. On what basis the MP acquired the money, whether he is director of the company, whether the money alleged to have been acquired was Ministry of Health or Nyeri County money (which would amount to conflict of interest as the MP’s brother was the Governor), is also not stated. The MP is on record stating he has never done any business with Nyeri County.
Count 3: Hon Rigathi Gachagua is alleged to have “indirectly” received Ksh. 104,821,205 from Bungoma County Government between January 2015 and June 2019. The account(s) in which the MP received this colossal amount and the specific dates are not disclosed. The persons who paid the MP these moneys, who should be his co-accused, are not indicated. What the payments had been purported to be for, is not availed. The Bungoma County officials involved in this money laundering are not listed as co-accused or as witnesses. The charge is simply a good example of how not to frame a money laundering case.
Count 4: It is an allegation that Hon Rigathi Gachagua, with others not charged, between September 2015 and September 2016, not on specific dates, with intent to unlawfully dispose monies received from Kwale County Government, “indirectly” received ksh. 7,583,505.85. The charge sheet does not disclose from whom the MP received this money, in which account, on which date, and how they established he knew he was receiving money from Kwale County Government if the money come “indirectly” to him.
Count 5: It is an unsubstantiated allegation that between 2013 and 2020, Hon Rigathi Gachagua received Ksh. 7.3 Billion through three Bank Accounts held in Rafiki Microfinance for which is he is both holder and signatory. At best, this is merely fishing expedition as one would have expected details of where the money was received from and where it ended and how police concluded that it was money laundering.
Count 6: This last is the most laughable of the charges levelled against the MP. It claims the MP awarded a contract to “Skytop Agencies, a company owned by Julliane Jahenda Makaa, who is your close associate.” How the prosecutor will prove the “close association” between Ms. Makaa and Hon Gachagua is not clear, why Ms. Makaa and the Mathira CDF Board that awarded her the tender are not charged alongside Hon. Gachagua, as happens in the case in cases of conflict of interest, is not indicated.
As a matter of law, the CDF Board is a statutory organ distinct from the MP and has its own Manager. Unless it can be proven that the MP benefited from the money paid to Ms. Makaa or the MP acted through Ms. Makaa, there is no case for conflict of interest against the MP Rigathi Gachagua. It is not even indicated whether any payment was made, for how much and the money trail thereof.
One wonders, since Rigathi was once President Uhuru’s close associate, is DCI by extension suggesting that the President should answer for tenders awarded to him by Government? Why was the President not called to answer when his close associates including David Murathe and his relatives were accused of being awarded KEMSA tenders worth Billions?
Why Mbaluka is Next Machakos Senator: Kavindu Yet to Make Maiden Speech
Today is 1st April, 2022, a total of 373 days since Agnes Kavindu Muthama was sworn as in as 3rd Machakos Senator on 23rd March 2021. But Senator Kavindu is yet to make her maiden speech in the Senate. Indeed, as of today, the last words that came from the mouth of Senator Kavindu from the floor of the Senate is “Help me God.”
This should serve as a lesson to Machakos residents who voted her thinking they are punishing Hon Johnstone Muthama. The count went from having a robust and firebrand Senator in the person of Late Dr. Boniface Kabaka to having a person who cannot speak English to save herself from thirst in the person of Kavindu (whose name aptly means impeding darkness).
In 131 Days, People of Machakos shall have an opportunity to vote for another Senator. They must not make the same mistake they did last time. Thankfully, Wakili Joel Kyatha Mbaluka has graciously agreed to suspend his gubernatorial ambitions to vie for Senator to offer his people the oversight and representation they urgently need.
Machakos County have no choice but to elect Hon Wakili Joel Kyatha Mbaluka to the last man come Tuesday 9th August 2022. Wakili Mbaluka has what it takes to square out with fellow counsel at the Senate. He has the academic papers, he is articulate, he has the integrity and he has the knowledge to deliver as Machakos Senator.
Wakili Mbaluka holds Masters in Public Finance Management, which is what Machakos County residents need to stop the kleptocracy that Machakos has come to be known for. People of Machakos, please don’t elect another illiterate or someone who has been part of what is wrong at Machakos County. Give Wakili Mbaluka a chance to deliver for you as Senator.
Kitui West MP Contest Becomes a Two-Horse Race as Muasya Leads Incumbent
The Kitui West MP Race has come down to a Two-Horse Race between the incumbent Edith Nyenze and the Incoming MP Hon Ben Muasya who is the obvious choice of majority of the Constituents. The People of Kitui West appear to have had enough of the Nyenze and Wambua Dynasties especially now with Mrs Nyenze is MP with her brother as Kitui Senator. The People are determined to elect Hon Ben Muasya as the Kitui West MP for a breath of fresh air, new ideas and better representation.
Kitui West Constituents have mainly been endeared to Hon Ben Muasya by his innovative development approach which has seen him pioneer key empowerment projects including table banking and small business support projects across Kitui West. In doing this, Hon Ben Muasya has been leveraging his strong credentials as a Management Consultant of international standing and leading businessman in the country. His projects have so far benefitted thousands of Kitui West Residents directly with many more benefiting indirectly.
In turn, this has caught the eyes of many including UDA Presidential Candidate and Deputy President Dr. William Ruto who has not only hailed Hon Ben Muasya Projects as a case study of how leaders can implement his Bottom Up Economic Model at the Constituency level to transform the lives of their constituents. As a result, the first trip Dr. William Ruto made to Kitui County was to Hon Ben Muasya’s home to engage with beneficiaries of his empowerment projects as well as to undertake a fundraising in support of scaling up the project.
Indeed, the popularity of Hon Ben Muasya has not only made all the potential opponents he had for the UDA ticket to switch to support him or defect to another party, it is said to be giving the incumbent MP sleepless nights. Having done nothing tangible with her CDF since taking over after the By-Election, Mrs Nyenze is hard-pressed to explain to wananchi in Kitui West how Hon Ben Muasya could do more than her in so short a time without the benefit of the CDF kitty.
Four months to the election and as party nomination draw near a close, Kitui West Residents are getting ready for a showdown between Hon Ben Muasya, the popular favourite as the newcomer, and Hon Edith Nyenze, who is weighed down by the weight of incumbency and voter apathy due to her unimpressive development record. The difference between these two leaders is like day and night. No question much is in store for Kitui West Residents and the next four months are going to be epic for Kitui West.
It is clear that Hon Ben Muasya is ready to turn things upside down to ensure service delivery for Kitui West residents. On the other hand, Mrs Nyenze is busy fighting to maintain the status quo and trying to defend her dismal record. She has tried everything including blaming the Covid-19 pandemic for her poor performance but Kitui West residents have had enough. Majority of Kitui West Residents are waiting for 9th August 2022 to usher in Hon Ben Muasya as their next MP.
Friends of Ruto (FORM Kenya) Condemns Violence Against DP in Kisumu
Walter Trenk, Secretary General of FORM KENYA and the UDA Senatorial Aspirant for Nairobi County has condemned the chaos unleashed by hired goons to disrupt Ruto meeting in Kondele, Kisumu county.
We at FORM KENYA ( Friends of Ruto Movement – Kenya) do hereby wish to condemn, in the strongest terms possible, the cowardly acts of hooliganism and violence witnessed today in Kisumu during the Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto’s tour of the Nyanza region. We call upon the police to move with speed and arrest the perpetrators of the primitive acts of violence.
Violence and political intolerance has no place in our politics in the twenty first century. Every politician should be allowed to sell their agenda to every part of the country unhindered and without fear of intimidation or violence.
A few weeks ago, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior, Dr. Fred Matiang’i led a group of government functionaries in what was claimed to be a meeting to plan on ensuring that Kenyans are given a free, fair and credible election. An opportunity has presented itself for them to demonstrate to Kenyans and the entire world that they are ready, able and Wiling to live up to this onerous task.
We expect arrests and arraignment of the criminals within the next twenty four hours, failure of which, we will be left with no option but to believe that the government security agencies were involved in the macabre acts and are incapable of providing security to the citizens.
Walter Trenk, Secretary General, FORM KENYA & UDA Senatorial Aspirant, Nairobi County.
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