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Court Drop Corruption Case Against Kenya’s Deputy Rigathi Gachagua

Rigathi Gachagua

A Kenyan court has approved a motion to discharge the corruption allegations against newly appointed deputy president Rigathi Gachagua.

Due to insufficient evidence, the anti-corruption court magistrate Victor Wakumile approved the motion to dismiss the $60 million fraud accusation against Mr. Gachagua.

When Mr. Gachagua was indicted alongside nine other individuals and other organizations in July 2021, he was initially accused of embezzling millions of dollars.

Even though he denied any wrongdoing, Mr. Gachagua was only allowed to leave custody after posting $100,000 in cash as bond.

The court approved the request but issued a warning that Mr. Gachagua would be detained once more and the fraud case would be reopened if any further incriminating material was found.

Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions Nordin Haji requested the court’s permission earlier this month to allow the corruption allegations against the recently elected deputy president to be dropped.

Similar fraud cases brought against William Ruto, the president of Kenya, and his allies have also been dropped.

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