Rigathi Gachagua, a member of parliament for Mathira, was dealt a severe blow on Thursday when a Nairobi court ordered him to turn over Sh 200 million to the government on the grounds that it was the proceeds of crime.
Gachagua, who will be running as Deputy President William Ruto’s running partner in August, was ordered by Lady Justice Esther Maina to lose the funds because he failed to explain to the court how he obtained them.
Controversial attorney Miguna Miguna responded to the case by claiming that the verdict was not accurate and might have been influenced by politics.
Miguna, who is in exile in Canada, questioned why the ruling had to be done a few days before the August 9th election, where Gachagua is among candidates who are contesting for the Presidency.
He said Gachagua’s case is politically instigated and the Judge who ruled the matter may have received a phone call from President Uhuru Kenyatta who he termed a despot.
“The timing and name of the judge certainly raises serious issues of despot Uhuru Kenyatta’s remote control of some members of the judiciary.
“The era of telephone calls to judges from @StateHouseKenyais back! One ignores it at his/her own peril,” Miguna wrote on his Twitter page.