Gachagua blames Karua after the High Court ordered him to forfeit Ksh202 million to the government in a corruption court case.
Ruto’s running mate Rigathi Gachagua, on Thursday, July 28, cried foul after losing 200M in a corruption court case.
In a ruling delivered by Justice Esther Maina, the court found that the money that had been frozen by state agencies amounted to proceeds of corruption.
The Mathira MP did not provide any goods or services in exchange for the money, the court further ruled.
“The court finds that the funds are liable to forfeiture as the Assets Recovery Authority (ARA) has discharged its burden of proof that the funds were received by Gachagua,” the judge ruled.
The High Court’s Anti-Corruption division ordered Gachagua to surrender the money, Ksh202 million to the government.
Gachagua blames Karua
But in a quick response after the ruling, Gachagua described the ruling as a blatant attempt to curtail Kenya Kwanza’s bid to ascend to the presidency.
He claimed, without evidence, that the judgment was hastily delivered after he defeated his Azimio presidential running mate, Martha Karua in the deputy president’s debate held last week.
“The judgment today by Justice Esther Maina, in my case against the Asset Recovery Agency, did not come as a surprise to me and my lawyers.
“The judgment was hastily rushed ten days before the elections in a futile attempt to undermine my candidature in the coming elections and dent my sterling performance in the running mates debate last week,” the Mathira MP stated.
On the grounds that he hadn’t been given a fair hearing, he vowed to appeal the decision at the Court of Appeal.
Gachagua criticized judge Esther Maina for reportedly refusing to question the investigators in cross-examination in order to verify the veracity of the claims.