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UDA claims Rigathi Gachagua’s impending arrest a tactic to intimidate

POLITICS
By Fidelis Kabunyi | July 2nd 2021
Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata addresses members of the press on April 23, 2021, at Flamingo towers in Nairobi. [Edward Kiplimo,Standard]

Lawmakers allied to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) have claimed the impending arrest of Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua is linked to the ongoing Kiambaa by-election campaigns.

Speaking in Kiambaa yesterday, the MPs, led by Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata, vowed not to be intimidated.

The MPs claimed Gachagua was being targeted for siding with Deputy President William Ruto and leading the UDA Kiambaa by-elections.

“It is a pity that the government has decided to arrest and harass UDA supporters campaigning in Kiambaa. Ngunjiri Wambugu and Priscillah Nyokabi are campaigning for a Jubilee candidate yet they are not from the region. But they are claiming we are outsiders,” said Mr Kang’ata.

He claimed government used similar tactics in Juja but failed, as PEP candidate George Koimburi won.

They said they will not be intimidated in their resolve to win the seat.

“We call upon all Kiambaa residents to turn out in large numbers to vote for the UDA candidate. A revolution is real in Kiambaa and residents have resolved to vote for Wanjiku irrespective of any pressure from any quarters,” he said.

At the same time, Jubilee leaders shot back on the allegations that Gachagua’s arrest is linked to Kiambaa campaigns.

Gachagua has been on sleuth’s radar over Sh12.5 billion allegedly banked into his accounts.

Some of the accounts associated with the lawmaker have been frozen.

The Asset Recovery Agency (ARA) in October filed an application seeking to have Sh200 million held in three bank accounts of the MP forfeited to the State.

ARA wants the court to declare that Gachagua acquired the Sh200,773,228.3 through crime and looting of public funds.

 

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