Rigathi Gachagua is the incumbent Mathira Constituency Member of Parliament. He was elected to the National Assembly for the first time in 2017 on a Jubilee Party ticket. The lawmaker has since then decamped to the Deputy President William Ruto led United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
Gachagua, who was named by DP Ruto as the Kenya Kwanza Alliance presidential running mate heading into the August 9, 2022, general elections, boasts over three decades of service in public administration.
The lawmaker is easily among Kenya’s richest individuals thanks to his vast interests in various sectors of the economy. Just like, all the other affluent persons in Kenya, the Mathira MP resides in a lavish mansion.
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WoK in this article gives you a tour of Gachagua’s posh house.
After he was named the Kenya Kwanza presidential running mate, Gachagua was interviewed by Inooro TV at his home, giving Kenyans an exclusive peek into the lawmaker’s house.
Gachagua’s home is a breath of fresh air. From the well-manicured lawns to the neatly trimmed fence, the MP’s compound is amazing. The flowers in front of the house and around the compound add to the home’s exquisite beauty.
The compound is rounded off by a well-kept garden and a swimming pool.
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The house’s exterior is dominantly white in colour, roofed with red tiles. The front porch boasts a well-designed corridor, decorated with flower vases that give their guests a warm welcome to their home. The mansion has beautiful balconies, tastefully designed doors and windows.
From the living room ceiling, hangs a beautiful chandelier that pays testament to the family’s exquisite taste. Their patio is neatly designed with unique matching wooden chairs and a table.
The house also has a well-equipped indoor gym, where Gachagua exercises after a long day of politics. During the interview, he revealed that he normally spends most of his mornings in the gym.
“I wake up and use the treadmill for 30 minutes three times. When corona started I had 92 kgs and now I am 86. I have lost 6kgs,” he said.
The MP also owns another home in Sagana.
The Mathira MP has been on the spotlight often over his billions, which many allege to be proceeds of illicit dealings. However, the lawmaker has on numerous occasions defended his fortune, saying that he made his billions by successfully running his businesses during the reign of late President Mwai Kibaki when Kenya’s economy was stable.
During an interview with Citizen TV on July 20, 2021, Gachagua dismissed allegations that he used his position as a member of parliament to bag lucrative government tenders.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) had claimed that the lawmaker make millions by using proxies to trade with the County Government of Nyeri when his brother, the late Nderitu Gachagua was governor.
The MP explained that his entrepreneurial journey started when he was a student at the university. He used to organise discos and sold sweets.
“I’m a prudent businessman; I started doing business 40 years ago. At the university we used to get KSh 2600 as boom, I would organise discos and pick half of the money from these guys; I had a car, I had a factory for sweets,” he stated.
Rigathi stated that he made some of his money by giving loans to people that had earned tenders and they would repay him with a profit after they had been paid.
“If you have a tender, you win and you come to me and say I have this tender of Ksh20 million, I need Ksh15 million, can you lend it to me and I give it to you and you do the tender, when you are paid, you pay me back it’s not a crime [SIC],” he said.
Gachagua, whose bank accounts containing Ksh202 million were frozen, expressed his confidence that he can account for all the money that he earned before the court.
During another interview, the lawmaker explained that he grows various cash crops at his Nyeri farm which he sells to local markets.
Companies associated with Gachagua
Gachagua has been associated with several companies, some of which include; Wamunyoro Investments Limited, Encater Diagnostics Ltd, Technical Supplies and Services (K), Skytop Agencies, Skytop Agencies, Riang International Group Limited, Machine Centre Ltd, Jenne Enterprises, Jenne Enterprises, Rapid Medical Supplies Ltd, Encarter and Rapid Group.
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