Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, wife pastor Dorcas Wanjiku in trouble over 12B tenders

he Department for Criminal Investigations (DCI) has concluded investigating Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua and his wife, pastor Dorcas Gachagua over a chain of transactions made by the two through their bank accounts, and their proxies totalling to 12B shillings.

Information from the DCI reveals 40 companies associated with the MP and his proxies made transactions in what the sleuths have described as a ‘web of complex transfers’, which ended up at the Wamunyoro Investments Limited which has listed MP Rigathi Gachagua and Pastor Dorcas Wanjiku as the only shareholders.

In December last year, special agents from the Serious Fraud Unit of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations summoned and interrogated the Tanga Tanga legislator over corruption and money laundering and later released him without charges. Report from the Serious Fraud Unit say Mr. Gachagua used his companies and proxies to fraudulently procure multibillion-shilling health tenders in different counties across the republic, as well as with the national government.

”Accounts held at Rafiki Deposit-taking Microfinance have been used to source for loans (and) these loans have been used to cover up for funds received from government departments or intercompany transfers in a bid to conceal the ultimate beneficiary or beneficiaries of the funds,” a section of the report reads.

Crystal Kenya Limited a company associated with the Gachaguas had an account at Rafiki DTM which transferred huge sums of money to the late Nyeri Governor’s (Rigathi Gachagua’s brother) accounts, and money used to buy plots in Nyali, Mombasa. Rapid Supplies, also owned by MP Gachagua is being investigated over Sh47 million medical supplies to Nyeri County.

Upperdeck Agencies, another proxy of the MP won a Sh9.4 million tender to supply linen to Nyeri County hospitals. Its proprietors listed in bank records are Gerald Waema Mbatha and Moses Otieno.

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