Grow Up! – PS Kibicho Tells Gachagua

  • Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has cautioned Mathira Member of Parliament Rigathi Gachagua from peddling lies on national television and dragging the PS and his boss, CS Fred Matiang’i, in his fraud case. 

    Speaking on NTV on the night of Wednesday, August 4, Kibicho claimed that Gachagua’s case was reported by Mathira residents who claimed that their MP had embezzled public funds.

    He lamented that the MP, an ally of Deputy President William Ruto, was using the PS and CS Matiang’i as decoys and scapegoats in the case. 

    Mathira MP Kanini Kega with Interior CS Fred Matiang'i at an event in Nyeri in 2018
    Mathira MP Rigathi Kachagua with Interior CS Fred Matiang’i at an event in Nyeri in 2018

    Gachagua who served as Molo District Officer in the late President Daniel Arap Moi’s government was blamed for insinuating that the Interior Ministry was on a witch-hunt of DP Ruto’s allies. 

    “Gachagua is an old DO who used rungus during their regime. He has forgotten that when we changed the Constitution, everyone was poised to be accountable for their actions,” stated Kibicho.  

    “He keeps thinking that the recklessness continued. I want to tell him that it stopped. He needs to grow up and stop being reckless. He has issues with his own people of Nyeri who stated that he embezzled funds. Let him deal with that and desist from dragging Kibicho and CS Matiang’i in it.”

    He, however, declared that no action would be taken against the MP as the Ministry had decided to avoid being dragged into the affair. 

    “That is what he is looking for. We will not engage him even as he keeps telling lies on TV,” the PS added. 

    Ruto’s allies were accused of creating tension in the country in an attempt to allegedly appease their master. Kibicho claimed that the MPs at times rushed to the DP with fake news and lies on how the police were planning to threaten or assassinate them. 

    Kibicho dubbed these politicians as reckless as they seize any advantage to push the DP to find relevance in their allegations. 

    Gachagua’s nine accomplices in the Ksh27.4 million fraud case were arraigned on Tuesday, August 3. They were accused of conspiracy to commit an economic crime and fraudulent acquisition of public property.

    In July 2021, the MP was charged with six counts, including conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption, fraudulent acquisition of property and money laundering. The MP pleaded not guilty.

    A side by side photo of Interior PS Karanja Kibicho and Deputy President William Ruto (R)
    A side by side photo of Interior PS Karanja Kibicho and Deputy President William Ruto (R)