By Citizens Against Corruption Awareness Team, Nairobi, June 30, 2022
Any bank transaction as per CBK guidelines is supposed to be invoiced and explained. The transfers to Rigathi and Philips Limited were unexplained, no justification for transfer, no invoicing
Deputy President William Ruto running mate Rigathi Gachagua, who is facing corruption charges is alleged to have looted Nyeri County Government billions of shillings when his brother was on his death bed.
Evidence in the hands of investigative agencies show that Rigathi, who claims to be a hustler that went to school hungry, shamelessly looted billions of shillings from Nyeri County coffers in a web of companies created to plunder its coffers.
A heartless Gachagua took advantage of his brother at his death bed to line up his pockets with money he is now funding Ruto‘s Presidential campaign. When UDA MPs and Senators voted Kindiki Kithure to be Ruto‘s running mate Gachagua demanded that Ruto refunds Ksh 7.6 billion to him. Ruto succumbed and nominated him. Such blatant blackmail could lead to elimination of either of them by themselves.
Ruto yielding and making Rigathi his running mate in a typical case of political blackmail and arm twisting. It is now clear where the billions both are dishing out came from. A partnership built on blackmail, brinkmanship and mistrust can never last and ends up in “accidental” deaths.
While the late Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua was on his death bed, his trustee who was ‘running’ the county on his behalf – Rigathi Gachagua was a man on a mission. Deep looting and money laundering, a habit that has continued to date in the Mathira NGCDF and several other Nyeri government departments and parastatals.
In a series of articles Nyeri residents are exposing how an intricate web involving individuals, dozens of companies and banks have been used to loot and lauder billions of public money between June 2014 and March 2020 in which Rigathi Gachagua features prominently.
The fraudulent activities are questionable cash deposits, transfers and withdrawals of up to Ksh 5.7 billion of Nyeri County government funds.
The total annual budget for Nyeri county is Ksh 4.6 billion.
Who was involved in the 1st phase if looting escapade?
1. ENCARTER DIAGNOSTICS LIMITED
• Jimcarter Muriungi Njagi (ID No. 22375244)
• Godfrey Mukundi Kirere (ID No. 21061424)
Julianne Jahenda Makaa (ID No. 25171276)
2. RAPID MEDICAL SUPPLIES LIMITED
• David Nyangi Nguru (ID No. 1084125)
• Jedida Wangui Mwangi ( ID No. 13544862)
3. SKYTOP AGENCIES
• Julianne Jahenda Makaa
4.JENNE ENTERPRISES LIMITED
• Anne Mukenyi Kimemia (ID No. 11591160)
• Julianne Jahenda Makaa.
5. WAMUNYORO INVESTMENTS LIMITED
• Rigathi Gachagua (ID No. 6091105)
• Dorcas Wanjiku Rigathi ( ID No. 7276682)
6. MACHINE CENTER LTD
•William Wahome Mwangi (German Pssprt 5427073268)
• Beth Wacera Wachuga (ID No. 11593411)
7. TECHNICAL SUPPLIES LIMITED
• Rigathi Gachagua
• Dorcas Wanjiku Rigathi
8. KARANDI FARM LIMITED
• Rigathi Gachagua
• Dorcas Wanjiku Rigathi
9. RIGATHI GACHAGUA & DORCAS WANJIKU RIGATHI JOINT
KRA PIN A001120140M
A/C No. 0012010006030
Rafiki Microfinance Bank, Tom Mboya Street Branch.
In june 2015, Encartar Diagnostics Limited in Conjuntion with Rapid Medical Supplies Limited was awarded a tender to supply Nyeri Provincial hospital with ten dialysis machines, Water treatment system and sanitary towels, a tender worth Ksh.247,022,084.
Rapid Medical supplies in their account 001202001158 domiciled at Rafiki Microfinance Bank, Tom Mboya Branch received transfers totaling Ksh 47,022,084.20 from Nyeri County Government. Interestingly the funds were utilized as follows;
• Cash withdrawals – Ksh 12,804,000.00
• Transfers to Rigathi Gachagua account A/C 0012010006030 domiciled at the same bank- Ksh 26,617,139.18
• Wire transfer to Philips Limited totaling Ksh 23,449,925.70.
Any bank transaction as per CBK guidelines is supposed to be invoiced and explained. The transfers to Rigathi and Philips Limited were unexplained, no justification for transfer, no invoicing.
It is not clear what Rapid Medical Supplies was paying Rigathi for.
Encartar Diagnostics Limited received from Nyeri county Ksh 165,000, 000 on their Account A/C No. 0012070000198 at Rafiki MFI Tom Mboya Branch and Ksh 35,000,000.
The funds were utilized as follow;
• Outgoing RTGS to Dorcas Wanjiku Rigathi– Ksh 12,950,500.00
• Outgoing Transfer to Toyota Kenya and Taitan Motolink – Ksh 9,000,000.00
• Cash Withdrawals – Ksh 87,321,955.00
There were no justifications for the transfers shown. What was Encartar Diagnostics paying to Rigathi’s wife Pastor Dorcas? Tithe?
The transfers to Toyota Kenya and Taitan Motolink bought two vehicles which were registered to Rigathi Gachagua Logbooks.
Nyeri county, in another intricate web of money transfers (laundering) orchestrated by what is referred to as “RIGATHI CARTEL” destined to launder and loot public funds from Nyeri County government shows the following;
Stecol Corporation in conjunction with Skytop Agencies in June 2019 participated in bidding for road construction worth Ksh 3 billion in Nyeri County and won.
Part of the payment was made to Skytop agencies account A/C No. 0350165078925 domiciled at Equity Bank KNUT house branch.
The funds were utilized as follows;
• Cash withdrawals – Ksh 38, 124,500.00
• Transfers to Machine Center Ltd, Technical Supplies and Services Limited, Wamunyoro Investments Limited and Karandi Farm Limited – Ksh 92,792,000.00
These transactions were made with zero justifications or invoicing. What was Skytop paying to Rigathi group of companies?
The funds were later utilized from the companies’ account as cash transfers to personal accounts and huge unjustified cash withdrawals.
Between February 2017 and May 2019 WAMUNYORO INVESTMENTS LIMITED and MACHINE CENTER LIMITED joint venture bank account A/C 0180267522197 at Equity bank whose principal signatories are;
Rigathi Gachagua MP Mathira and William Wahome Mwangi, Mathira Constituency CDF Chairman and former Tana Water Development Board chair had received unjustified and uninvoiced transfers totaling Ksh721,533,406. 80.
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