Mathira member of parliament, Hon Rigathi Gachagua, spent the entire weekend in police cells following his dramatic arrest on Friday 23rd. Gachagua was arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) at his Nyeri home.
The parliamentarian is accused of corruption allegations amounting to around 12 billion. Rigathi also faces allegations on money laundering.
The legislator was arraigned in Milimani court today, Monday 26th, where he was represented by lawyers Irungu Kang'ata, Gladys Sholei, Alice Wahome and Silvanus Osoro. Ruto allies were also present to show solidarity with Gachagua.
The court has ruled Gachagua to pay a 12 million cash bail or a 25 million bond. Immediately after this ruling, Ruto allies have addressed the media where they have complained of high bail terms.
Nyeri women representative, Rahab Mukami, said that the bail is too much but they are currently trying to raise the funds to see if they will save the lawmaker before the closure of today's business.
"I ask the people of Nyeri to keep calm and also thank them for the solidarity they have shown to one of them. Gachagua has been granted bail but is too much. Kwa sasa tunajaribu kuchanga and we are hopeful we will manage to rescue him before the day ends," said Mukami.
Other lawmakers who spoke to the media include Kimani Ichungw'a, Alice Wahome and Ndindi Nyoro. They all complained of a high bail and castigated the government for using the criminal justice system to persecute them. They added that no amount of intimidation will make them stop supporting the deputy president, William Ruto.
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