Gachagua’s Sh7.4b corruption case put off

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Rigathi Gachagua, who is about to take over as Deputy President, will have to sit still for a little longer before the beginning of his Sh7.4 billion lawsuit.

Following the filing of a petition with the Supreme Court by Azimio-One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga, challenging the victory of President-Elect William Ruto and Gachagua, the case, which had been scheduled to begin today, was postponed as a result of this petition. The move comes as a result of this postponement.

Today is the day the Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision about the petition.

Gachagua’s case is one of several that would be impacted by the petition as a result of the Judiciary’s decision to shut the Milimani Law Courts beginning on August 26. This was done to enable the top court justices to conduct the hearing and determine the disagreement.

Noordin Haji, the Director of Public Prosecutions, might find himself in a difficult situation in the event that the Supreme Court upholds his election as the Deputy President. At issue is whether or not the DP has immunity equivalent to that of the president on criminal court proceedings. It is possible that Gachagua will be the first Vice President elected under the constitution of 2010 to testify in a criminal proceeding in a local court.

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