President Ruto should reign in on DP Gachagua, lest he rocks his ship

President Ruto should reign in on DP Gachagua, lest he rocks his ship

By Peter Ochieng

Deputy President (DP) Geoffrey Rigathi Gachagua is not your ordinary politician.

Unlike his peers, he served as District Officer (DO) in various parts of the country among them Kakamega, during former President, the late Daniel Moi’s time in office.

From DO, he rose through the ranks in government holding a wide range of positions including Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and National Heritage, Personal Assistant to the Head of Public Service and Personal Assistant to former President, Uhuru Kenyatta.

Gachagua served as Uhuru’s Personal Assistant when the latter served as the Minister for Local Government, during President Mwai Kibaki’s time in office.

He later served as Mathira Member of Parliament (MP) for a single term, from 2017-2022.

The second in command is an outspoken and aggressive leader. As an MP, he was known as someone who could not shy away from championing for issues revolving around the Mt. Kenya region.

He has carried the same mantra into his office as DP. And that is where the problem lies.

As a person occupying the second highest office in the land, Gachagua must know, and in case he forgets, must be reminded that his business is Kenya and not Mt. Kenya.

He must know that as the DP, he is a symbol of unity for the country, and not for Mt. Kenya. The DP’s Mt. Kenya leaning conduct continues to create a lot of unease in political discussions, with an opposition MP threatening to sponsor a motion to impeach him.

Jack Wamboka, Bumula MP elected on the DAP Kenya ticket recently said he wonders if Gachagua is the DP for Kenya or Kikuya republic.

However much it may be difficult to impeach him at this stage due to Kenya Kwanza Alliance’s ‘tyranny of numbers’ in both the Senate and the National Assembly, the threat should be of great concern to President William Ruto.

Towards the end of 2022, a section of Western MPs defended Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja from ‘attacks’ by Gachagua.

The DP is against Sakaja’s intention to eject long-distance matatus from the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD), claiming the move is ‘hell-bent’ on persecuting members of the business community from Mt. Kenya.

During campaigns ahead of the 2022 polls, Ruto promised to unite Kenyans from all walks of life, communities, regions and political parties if elected the 5th President.

In order to fulfil this promise, he should reign in on his Deputy, who sounds like a Mt. Kenya kingpin and not a national leader.

The Head of State should tame his Deputy, before he rocks his ship, as he prepares to run for the second term in 2027. –

(By: Oliver Ochieng | 0712979587)

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