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DP Gachagua explains how a magistrate helped him escape 50-year jail term over Ksh12 billion scandal

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on Monday revealed that he was saved from a 50-year jail sentence by an unnamed magistrate

Speaking at the head of the New Year’s festivities at Nyeri Maximum Security Prison, Gachagua said that the previous government had devised a nefarious scheme to seize his Ksh12.4 billion fortune and put him in jail. 

He specifically criticized George Kinoti, former director of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over his woes. 

“Kinoti was a very notorious man but we have since forgiven him. He trumped up charges against me claiming that my Ksh12.4 billion was from criminal proceedings,” Gachagua narrated to prison inmates. 

“They put a gun on the magistrate’s head so that he can jail me for 50 years.”

According to DP Gachagua, the magistrate chose to put off the case after realizing that the then-Mathira Member of Parliament was the subject of false accusations. 

Gachagua said that the lawsuit was put on hold until after the general election in September 2022 because the judge believed it was a political witch hunt. 

According to the Deputy President, Kinoti was unable to substantiate where the Ksh12.4 billion had been stolen from. 

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“He said I should be jailed first so that I can appeal afterwards,” the DP stated. 

Gachagua remarked that the decision to postpone the case was supported by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and investigation officers from DCI since they knew the charges were trumped up. 

In November 2023, DP Rigathi Gachagua remarked that the Ksh12.4 billion case stemmed from a misinterpretation of his accrued bank balance by a corporal from the National Police Service.

“I had put some money in a microfinance bank for eight years so I was living on the interest, Ksh1.9 million,” he stated then. 

“That movement back and forth, a corporal said I had Ksh800 million every year coming to my account and so they calculated it with 8 years and said I had received Ksh12.4 billion.”

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