YOUNG BUSINESSMAN DISOWNS RIGATHI SUIT SEEKING FORFEITURE OF MILLIONS.

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BY SAM ALFAN.

A young businessman has distanced himself from an affidavit filed under his name by mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua as the legislator fights to recover millions frozen by a state agency.

Jim Carter Muriungi Njagi, the director of Encarter Diagnostics ltd says he did not read the contents of the affidavit filed by Gachagua but he remembers signing documents before three people.

“I strongly dishonour the Affidavit for the reasons that i did not write the affidavit, i was not consulted when the affidavit was written, I did not consent to the preparation and writing of the affidavit, the signing of the affidavit was not free and fair and I was not allowed to read the affidavit before signing”, he says.

Gachagua had filed the affidavit dated March 11, 2021 commissioned by one Meshack Omari Obare, to show that he received payments from Bungoma and Kwale County Governments.

Assets Recovery Agency has maintained that Gachagua has failed to explain any legitimate origin and source of Sh200 million, frozen early this year.

The agency investigating officer Fredrick Musyoki told the court that Gachagua’s supplementary affidavit does not explain any legitimate source of the funds in issue and there is no any linkage between the alleged loan guarantee and the funds in issue.

The investigator has further opposed an application by Gachagua seeking to cross-examine him saying it was a ploy by the MP to delay the case and frustrate the expeditious conclusion of the application for forfeiture.

He says Gachagua allegation that he is doing legitimate business and the funds in issue are obtained from the legitimate businesses is incorrect, deceitful and a ploy to disguise, conceal and hide the source of the said funds and classical scheme of money laundering contrary to the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2009.

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