DPP Addresses Rigathi Gachagua’s Ksh 7.3 Billion Scandal after his nomination to be Ruto’s running mate.
The Director of the Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji has maintained that his office will pursue Rigathi Gachagua’s graft case should he become the next Deputy President.
On Monday, May 16, Haji indicated that Gachagua’s case will continue to be investigated and that the President is the only person who cannot be convicted.
DPP Addresses Rigathi Gachagua’s
“(If he becomes the DP), it will not affect his case. We will still continue with the case. The only person who is not taken to court is the President,” said Haji.
He went on to say that the politician was currently free to run for office and would only be barred if convicted of the crime.
In 2021, Gachagua was charged with laundering up to Ksh7.3 billion, but he pled not guilty to all charges.
He was also questioned about how he came into possession of more than Ksh 200 million in frozen accounts.
However, Gachagua maintains that the lawsuit was politically motivated and would not yield to pressure.
“Those are allegations and an allegation is not a conviction. The Kenyan constitution is very clear that you can only be barred from political office when you have been convicted and you have exhausted the mechanisms offered by law for appeal. I made my money during the reign of President Mwai Kibaki, like many Kenyans,” Gachagua said.
According to Human rights lawyer Harun Ndubi Gachagua may be barred from holding office should he be found guilty.
“If he is found guilty, there will be a sentence then he will lose his office of Deputy President because you can’t seek or hold a public office if you have been jailed (for a period of six months or more) or impeached from public office. The President will then seek another deputy but he will have to go to Parliament for approval,” He says.