The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has officially applied to withdraw the KSh 7.3 billion corruption case against Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.
In his application at the Milima Law Courts on Wednesday, November 9, DPP boss Noordin Haji said the move was informed due to lack of evidence adding that the evidence submitted does not meet the required threshold to prosecute the deputy president.
Haji, further faulted the former Director of Criminal Investigation Goerge Kinoti over what he termed as a “failure to conclude investigations” into the matter.
This comes just days after lead investigator Kuriah Obadia sensationally claimed that he was pressured to prefer charges against DP Rigathi Gachagua.
In an explosive affidavit sworn by the superintendent of police Kuriah Obadiah, who was recently promoted said the former DCI boss George Kinoti pushed him to arrest and charge Gachagua with financial-related fraud.
“On April 15, 2020, the DCI received a letter from Financial Reporting Centre making allegations of criminal conduct against the accused person imputing embezzlement of funds from the National Irrigation Board and other entities,” Obadiah stated.
In his latest media interview, Haji said Kinoti forged documents in the corruption case against the then Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua.
“We were pushed by DCI himself through the media. We felt there was sufficient evidence to charge, but later we discovered the documents were forged,” Haji revealed.
The former Mathira Member of Parliament was in July 2021, charged with six counts including acquiring more than KSh 7.3 billion suspected to be proceeds of crime.
Documents tabled in court by then showed that the second in command received the cash in his three bank accounts at Rafiki Micro-Finance Bank between 2013 and 2020.