The court has postponed the hearing of the fraud case against Mathira Member of Parliament Rigathi Gachagua to September 2022.

The case had been slated for hearing on Tuesday, December 7 but Gachagua's lawyers informed the court that they had not been provided with all witness affidavits.

The state prosecutor had lined close to 45 witnesses to testify against the parliamentarian and his co-accused over the fraudulent acquisition of public property, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption.

Reports indicate the United Democratic Alliance party supporter had allegedly defrauded the County Government of Nyeri Sh27.4million between May 2015 and December 2016.

File image of Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua being escorted to court /Photo courtesy

Using his Rafiki Micro-Finance Bank, he fraudulently received Sh7.3million believed to be proceeds of crime knowingly.

The matter will be mentioned before the court on February 24, 2022. Gachagua is not short of controversy as the businessman informed the Anti-corruption and Economics court in September, that he allegedly conspired to defraud him.

Jimcarter Njagi claimed that the Mathira MP won him over into Sh123million deal pretending that he would assist in funding it.

The project was to supply Hospital Theatre, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and maternity equipment to Bungoma County Government.

Once the tender sailed through, the money went to Gachagua's account and did not receive any amount.

Njagi then complained to ARA detectives, suspecting that his company had been used to conduct money laundering to siphon funds from the county government.

However, the Deputy President William Ruto ally refuted the claims stating that he was targeted for his close association with Ruto.