Documents used to accuse Deputy President Gachagua were found to be forgeries, according to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji.
According to comments Haji made to the media on Sunday, former DCI director George Kinoti was behind the push to bring charges against Gachagua.
The investigations were not completed at the time of DP’s arrest and arraignment on July 26, 2021.
This indicates there was no hard proof of the alleged wrongdoings.
“The accusations against DP Gachagua were decided based on the criterion of the threshold. DCI personally pushed us via the media. We decided to press charges since we had enough proof, but we subsequently learned that the documents were fake” It was then that Haji elaborated.
A high-ranking police official said over the weekend that DCI investigators felt they had no choice but to file charges against Gachagua in the Sh7.3 billion bribery investigation.
Last Monday, a Nairobi anti-corruption court ordered that the Sh7.4 billion corruption accusations against the DP and nine others be reviewed by prosecutors.
It has been stated before the court that on December 29, 2014, the DP conspired with individuals not now involved in the case to fraudulently obtain Sh6 million in public monies for the provision of dialysis equipment to Nyeri Provincial General Hospital.
With the goal to launder the money, the DP reportedly received Sh104,821,205 from the Bungoma County Government between January 2018 and June 2019.
In addition, he was charged with receiving Sh7,583,505 from the Kwale County Government with the purpose to utilize it fraudulently.
As the Member of Parliament for the Mathira Constituency, Gachagua was also accused of a conflict of interest for allegedly personally benefiting from a contract awarded for the construction of Njathaini Primary School using money from the Mathira Constituency Development Fund between October 2018 and January 2019.
According to the complaint, Gachagua’s friend’s company was given the contract.
The DPP has until November 21 to provide trial instructions.
Some of the defendants in the case wrote to the DPP asking him to evaluate the evidence and allegations against them.