Mathira Member of Parliament Rigathi Gachagua has said he used his own money to bankroll President Uhuru’s campaign in the 2013 and 2017 elections.
In an interview with NTV on Monday, August 3, Gachagua who is at the center of the KSh 12 billion corruption scandal said the Head of State approached him prior to the 2013 General Election and asked him to fund his campaign.
“In 2013, (President) Uhuru came to me and I asked me to fund to his campaigns and nobody had an issue with me. I gave money to him as a friend,” Gachadua said.
The legislator further revealed that during the repeat of the Presidential elections in 2017, he told both President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto that he was going to sponsor campaigns and rallies in the entire Nyeri County.
“In 2017 during the repeat Presidential elections, I told DP Ruto and Uhuru and leave Nyeri for me, where I used my money. I used millions to get cars, I erected billboards and mobilized people to run the campaigns,” he added.
The former personal assistant to the Head of State however declined to reveal the amount of money he claims he used.
Gachagua’s remarks come barely days after the Ruto’s foot soldier gave a glimpse of his suave business skills which he claims to have started during his days in campus.
“I am happy that he (MP Jeremiah Kioni) is acknowledging that am a very prudent businessman. I hope he can tell the people pursuing me that I started doing business 40 years ago,
“At the university, we used to get KSh 2,600 as boom, I would organize discos and pick half of the money from these guys; I had a car, I had a factory for sweets… I started long ago,” Rigathi Gachagua explained.