DCI applies to withdraw DP Gachagua’s Ksh7.3 Billion corruption case after the lead detective recanted his evidence.
Now, it has come to light that the case’s lead detective, a member of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), has requested that the investigation be closed.
Officers who were enjoined in DP Gachagua’s case also recanted their evidence against the former Mathira MP and now the deputy president, who accused the former government of a witchhunt.
The DCI officers were required to provide documentation and files pertaining to five essential areas in order for the case to move forward, but they failed to do so, causing the court to defer the hearing on Monday, October 17.
The investigator was urged to present distinct files for each county around which the case swirled in the first area. The three counties were Bungoma, Nyeri, and Kwale.
The investigators were also required to present 12 documents relating to the tenders in question.
Prosecutors requested, among other items, a yearly budget, and procurement plan, a list of pre-qualified businesses, letters of awards, and tender bid documentation, all of which were not provided.
Additionally, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) asked financial institutions for six documents and for other files pertaining to the various businesses identified in the case presented.
One of the co-accused individuals also skipped court with his lawyers, claiming that there had been a misunderstanding about the hearing.
After hearing his argument, Magistrate Victor Wakulime approved a request for further time to evaluate the case made by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji.
The court granted the team three weeks to review the affidavit submitted by the second in command relating to the case.
Gachagua was accused of committing economic crimes, including the fraudulent acquisition of public property, acquisition of proceeds of crime, conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption, conflict of interest, and money laundering.
However, the former Mathira MP denied all the allegations in the corruption case setting the pace for a legal battle.