Directorate of Criminal Investigations Collins Kinoti has arrested Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua over the Sh12.5B Tender scandal.
The lawmaker was taken to the DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road in Nairobi for allegedly embezzling public funds.
The DCI confirmed the MP’s arrest and noted that 22 companies are reported to be the beneficiaries of the alleged multi-billion scandal in tenders from both the National and the County government.
Gachagua’s arrest comes shortly after his bank accounts were frozen with the DCI sleuths seeking to establish the source of the huge amount that passed through his accounts.
The frozen accounts had Sh202M with one account having Sh35M another Sh165M and then two more with Sh1.1M and Sh700,000.
Other government officials who are reportedly under probe by the DCI include Laikipia Senator John Kinyua Nderitu, Meru Senator Mithika Linturi, former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri and Ruguru MCA Karanja Muriuki.
Gachagua is also on the radar of Asset Recover Agency who is investigating the source of the billions.
An investigation file shows that a hairdresser and a former mobile money transfer agent were awarded multi-million tenders for the Mathira Constituency NG-CDF.
However, the MP came out boldly and refuted all the allegations claiming that the deals were not fraudulent and followed the right procedure.
He claimed that these were schemes and witch-hunt to frustrate and harass him for his political stand.
DCI disclosed that over 101 individuals had been investigated in the last six months in connection with the tender scandals.
Detectives also stated that two companies were paid Sh150 Million before a huge junk of the money was transferred onward to entities reportedly owned by Gachagua.
DCI noted he is now focusing on medical supplies to hospitals in 5 counties and transaction with government firms and parastatals.
The Mathira MP is a renowned businessman and was one of the chief campaigners of President Uhuru Kenyatta during his presidential bid in 2002.