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After a Long Wait, Rigathi Gachagua Announced Ruto’s Running Mate
Supporters of the Kenya Kwanza Alliance breathed a sigh of relief on Sunday afternoon when Deputy President William Ruto picked Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua as his running mate.
The big announcement was preceded by 17 hours of intense talks that threatened to bring down the coalition. The DP had promised to name his deputy on Saturday morning but a standoff forced him to postpone the press conference.
Rigathi was sweating it for the Deputy Presidency in Kenya Kenya with Tharaka Nithi Senator Prof Kithure Kindiki.
Kindiki Whitewashed Rigathi in All Parameters Except Money
It has now emerged that Deputy President William Ruto had appointed a team to select who between Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua and Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki was most fit to deputise him in the August presidential election.
The team led by tech guru Davis Chirchir first conducted an opinion poll in the Mt Kenya region. Kindiki was the favourite
The second poll was done countrywide involving 25,000 Kenyans and still, Kindiki beat Rigathi hands down.
However, Dr. Ruto had promised Gachagua the number two position a long time ago. This explains why Gachagua has been heavily funding Kenya Kwanza activities for more than a year.
Mudavadi, Wetangula Did Not Like Gachagua
Kenya Kwanza Alliance principals, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford-Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula did not like the idea of Deputy President William Ruto nominating Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua as his running mate.
According to Mudavadi and Wetangula, Gachagua’s name had been soiled. They also argued that the Mathira MP is very vocal and could pose a challenge to Ruto should he win the presidency, citing the frosty relationship between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his principal assistant.
When a vote was taken on Saturday to separate the wheat from the chaff, over 80 percent of Mt Kenya MPs voted for Prof Kithure Kindiki.
However, Gachagua refused to give up the position of running mate, noting that he had been very loyal to the DP.
Gachagua: I Won’t Revenge if Kenya Kwanza Forms Govt
Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua has assured President Uhuru Kenyatta that the Kenya Kwanza Alliance will not revenge if it forms the next government.
Speaking to Inooro TV last evening, Gachagua said though President Kenyatta’s government has harassed him and other allies of the DP, KK will respect him.
“President Kenyatta is my long-time friend only that politics has tested our friendship. If we take the government, he will enjoy all his retirement benefits. We will also protect his interests,” he said.
Gachagua Promises to Marshal Support For Ruto
Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua’s maiden speech after his appointment as the running mate of Deputy President William Ruto was full of promises to the second in command.
Gachagua, who is a first-time lawmaker, but has served in government for decades, said he will leave nothing to chance to ensure the DP carries the day. He vowed to deliver the six million Mt Kenya votes.
Having served as District Commissioner (DO) during the dark era of Daniel Arap Moi, Gachagua perfected his skills when it comes mobilisation.
“The trust and confidence you have shown in me is a privilege and I will do my very best to live up to those expectations. I will not let you down; I will not let the Hustler Nation down; I will not let the people of Kenya down.”
Corruption Cases Facing Gachagua
One of the reasons why the Kenya Kwanza Alliance delayed in naming Deputy President William Ruto’s running mate is because some top leaders in the coalition argued that Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua would be a bad choice given that he has been plagued by corruption.
The lawmaker is trying to clear his name after he was charged with graft and fraud involving at least Ksh12 billion.
He has been accused of scheming to win tenders in government and failing to supply the material agreed in the contracts.
Gachagua, however, insists that charges of economic crimes are framed to taint his name for supporting Deputy President William Ruto.
Joy in Nyeri as Gachagu Named Ruto’s Deputy
The streets of Nyeri County were yellow (the UDA official colour) after Deputy President William Ruto announced Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua as his running mate.
The residents celebrated the appointment, saying that their interests will be taken care of if Kenyans elect the Kenya Kwanza government.
At the same, dwellers of Tharaka Nithi County protested the nomination of Gachagua, saying area senator Kithure Kindiki deserved the position. Some vowed to decamp to Azimio la Umoja of Raila Odinga.
Also, Kindiki’s mother, Mama Ann shared his disappointment, noting that his son was the most qualified person to get the deputy presidency. “Why hopes have been dashed,” she said.
Raila to Name Running Mate
Azimio la Umoja One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga will at 11 am this morning name his running mate at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC).
During a rally at the Kamukunji grounds yesterday, some speakers hinted that Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua will get the position.
Those who were shortlisted to deputise the former Prime Minister are Karua, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, and Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya in that order. Kalonzo skipped yesterday’s rally.
Wiper Moves to Court to Pull Out of Azimio
As of last evening, it was evident that the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party had bypassed Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka regarding the running mate slot.
Makueni MP Dan Maanzo said Wiper will move to court this morning seeking to exit the Azimio party.
He said Kalonzo will run for President or endorse Deputy President William Ruto.
Three Arrested Over Murder of KIMC Student
Detectives have arrested three suspects linked to the murder of a communication student on Friday night.
John Kibungi alias VDJ Flex, who was the victim’s girlfriend, and his two accomplices were flushed out of their hideout in, Kirigiti Kiambu County as they planned to escape to another location.
The three allegedly killed Purity Karinga, who was a student at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC), and dumped her body in Kiambu town.
The police said she was eliminated after establishing her suspect killers were criminals and wanted to expose them