The Nairobi anti-corruption court has given prosecutors three weeks to review the Sh7.4 billion graft accusations filed against Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and nine other people.
Milimani anti-corruption magistrate Victor Wakumile granted the DPP’s plea to postpone the hearings scheduled for Monday and Tuesday so that the prosecutors can analyze the case before deciding whether to proceed with Gachagua’s trial.
Between 2013 and 2020, the former Mathira MP is accused of fraudulently obtaining Ksh 7.4 billion as proceeds of crime through government business operations.
He is charged with six counts, including conspiracy to commit corruption, fraudulent acquisition of public property, conflict of interest, money laundering, and acquiring proceeds of crime.
Gachagua has been charged together with former Mathira CDF manager William Mwangi Wahome, Ann Nduta Ruo, Julianne Jahenda Makaa, and Samuel Murimi Ireri, Grace Wambui Kariuki, Lawrence Kimaru, Irene Wambui Ndigiriri, David Reuben Nyangi Nguru, and Rapid Medical Supplies Ltd.
The nine are charged jointly with conspiracy to commit corruption by allegedly defrauding the Nyeri County Government of Ksh.27.4 million for the provision of dialysis machines to the Nyeri Provincial General Hospital.
The DPP was given until November 21 to return to court with trial instructions.