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Deputy President William Ruto’s running mate: Who is Rigathi Gachagua?

On Sunday, May 15, Deputy President William Ruto named Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua as his deputy choice in the 2022 General Elections slated for August 9.

The DP was speaking at his Karen residence after a 17-hour deliberation meeting with other Kenya Kwanza officials and said that he picked Gachagua because he is diligent, principled, and a leader with people’s interests at heart.

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“Gachagua is my friend whom I have worked with, especially on that Bottom-Up Economic model, and we started that journey together. He understands people’s issues. He is passionate about ordinary people,” Ruto said.

Deputy President William Ruto and Rigathi Gachagua at a past event.

After his unveiling as DP Ruto’s running mate, many Kenyans are eager to Know who Rigathi Gachagua is, the man who could just be an election away from becoming the country’s deputy president.

Rigathi Gachagua biography

Rigathi Gachagua was born in 1965 in Ruguru village of Nyeri County. His parents were actively involved in the Mau Mau struggle for independence as his father was a gunsmith who repaired guns for the liberation soldiers while his mother was a housewife and used to cook for them as they fought in the forests.

“I am a child of the Mau Mau. My parents were in the Mt Kenya Forest during the struggle. My father was a technician. He used to service guns for the Mau Mau while my mother provided them with food and ammunition. He grew up in a colonial village. Those colonial villages were where the settlers put people so that they could control them. They dug deep trenches around the village,” he said in the interview.

Who are Rigathi Gachagua’s siblings?

Rigathi Gachagua was born eighth among nine children. He was brought up in shared custody alongside all his siblings, and one of his brothers is the late Nderitu Gachagua, the first Nyeri Governor, who passed away while still in office in 2017.

Rigathi Gachagua’s educational background

Rigathi Gachagua attended Kabiruini Primary School from 1971 to 1977 and acquired his Certificate of Primary Education before moving to Kianyaga High School, where he sat for his O-levels in 1981 and A-levels in 1983.

After receiving a high school diploma, he was enrolled at the University of Nairobi, where he pursued a Bachelor of Arts Degree; in Political Science and Literature and graduated in 1988. He later attended the Administration Police Institute (1990) for paramilitary training and the Kenya School of Government (1999 – 2000) for the Advanced Public Administration Course.

Rigathi Gachagua’s employment history

Rigathi Gachagua is a sensational public servant with a career spanning over thirty years of progressive experience, having worked in various capacities.

The table below shows Gachagua’s employment service since his debut in the public service in 1989.

1989-1990Ministry of Home Affairs and National HeritageAssistant Secretary
1990-1991Office of the PresidentDistrict Officer cadet
1991-1993Office of the PresidentPersonal Assistant to the Head of Public Service
1995-1996Office of the PresidentDistrict Officer I; served in Kakamega District
1997-1999Office of the PresidentDistrict Officer I; In charge of Ng’arua Division, Laikipia District
2000-presentRidor Group of CompaniesDirector
2001-2006Ministry of Local GovernmentPersonal Assistant to Uhuru Kenyatta
2017-presentKenya National AssemblyMathira Member of Parliament

Rigathi Gachagua’s wife, children

Rigathi Gachagua is married to Pastor Dorcas Rigathi of Presbyterian Church of East Africa. The couple is blessed with two boys; Gachagua Rigathi and Ikinu Rigathi.

Rigathi Gachagua wealth

What is Rigathi Gachagua’s net worth? Rigathi Gachagua reportedly has wealth valued to be over Ksh10 billion. He owns several companies like Wamunyoro Investments Ltd, Crystal Kenya Ltd, Machine Centre, Technical Supplies and Services Ltd, Skytop Agencies, and Specific Supplies Ltd.

In 2020, he was investigated by Kenya Revenue Authority and Assets Recovery Agency over allegations that his accounts had millions of money believed to be proceeds of corruption. His bank accounts that had held over Ksh12 billion in seven years were frozen, and he pointed fingers at President Uhuru Kenyatta, claiming that he was suppressing him because he had failed to join his political camp.

“He (Uhuru Kenyatta) set out the criminal justice system to those who refused to agree with him. He started this serious plan of persecution. We said no, and we stood our ground.”

“I can tell you that the persecution has been very heavy. The court has frozen our accounts, all our companies have been frozen by the Kenya Revenue Authority, our phones are monitored 24/7 by the DCI, everywhere I go, my house, any constituency, the intimidation has been on another level. But we have taken it in good stride,” he said.

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Justus Kiprono
Justus Kiprono
online journalism. Freelancer- HALF KENYAN|HALF AMAZING

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