Ruto condemns arrest of Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua

Reacting to the arrest of his close confidant, the DP said the allegations are trumped up.

In Summary

•"The prosecution on account of our friendship and political beliefs will come to an end. They have connections, networks, pedigree and godfathers. But we have God our father," Ruto said on Friday via his Twitter. 

•Rigathi was picked up by DCI from his home in Nyeri county and brought to Nairobi for interrogations in connection to .

Deputy President William Ruto speaking to supporters.
Deputy President William Ruto speaking to supporters.
Image: DPPS

Deputy President William Ruto has condemned the arrest of his ally Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua saying it is politically instigated.

The DP said the arrest will come to an end soon.

Reacting to the arrest of his close confidant, the DP said the allegations are trumped up.

"The prosecution on account of our friendship and political beliefs will come to an end. They have connections, networks, pedigree and godfathers. But we have God our father," Ruto said on Friday via his Twitter.

Ruto appeared to link Gachagua's arrests to his role in the just concluded Kiambaa by-election where he led UDA campaigns.

" My brother Gachagua, I know you are strong because we knew this politically instigated trumped-up charges were coming," Ruto said.

Rigathi was picked up by DCI from his home in Nyeri county and brought to Nairobi for interrogations in connection to money laundering .

It is reported that detectives are piecing together details of how he registered 49 companies that he allegedly used to trade with various agencies in an intricate web that saw him win tenders worth more than Sh12 billion. Gachagua has denied the claims. 

In some instances, he has said, he was acting as a trustee of several companies listed as beneficiaries of his wealth. 

The legislator says the allegations are politically sponsored.

Via FB post on Friday, Gachagua said dozens of DCI officers raided his Nyeri home to face up charges of money laundering.

“I am being driven to Nairobi at reckless speed to spend the weekend in the cells. I am happy it is finally over. It has been two years of hell; being arrested and released, writing countless statements, being prosecuted in the media, intimidation and harassment to me and family,” he said.

He added he was happy he has a chance to be vindicated in a court of law as courts are independent.

“To our tormentors and persecutors you only have one year remaining. We shall have a new democratic Government that does not use the criminal justice system to manage politics,” he said.

Gachagua's arrest prompted protests in Muratina, Nyeri.

Youths lit bonfires and blocked vehicles using tyres and rocks within the area.

Some youths went ahead to block cars from entering Nyeri or leaving.

When police arrived at the scene, the youths dispersed.

Security is currently beefed up in the area even as the police officers struggle to remove the blockade.

Police have since restored calm.