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‘People who hang around Ruto want to order me around’ – Gachagua

Deputy president Rigathi Gachagua speaking during a rally in Kirinyaga on June 15, 2024. Photo/courtesy

Deputy president Rigathi Gachagua speaking during a rally in Kirinyaga on June 15, 2024. Photo/courtesy

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua told off a section of leaders affiliated with his boss, President William Ruto against undermining his position.

Speaking in Kirinyaga County on Saturday June 15, 2024, Gachagua who was furious attacked  a section of Cabinet Secretaries, Ruto’s Personal Assistants and his friends, accusing them of fueling alleged divisions between him and the president.

Gachagua noted that it was wrong for Ruto’s PA, a CS or blogger to imagine they have authority over a deputy president who was selected by millions of Kenyans.

According to Gachagua, he is only answerable to the President and the people of Kenya.

“Even some of his friends, his PAs want to order me around on how to do my work. Is it possible? Even bloggers of the president want to tell me what to do, you know me, I have only two bosses, President Ruto and the people of Kenya,” Gachagua said.

Deputy president Rigathi Gachagua speaking during a rally in Kirinyaga on June 15, 2024. Photo/courtesy

“What the president tells me to do, I have done and will continue to do, respect him and be loyal to him. But I cannot allow people who hang around him, his friends, to also think they are my bosses, they are not. I am elected by the people of Kenya. I cannot confuse my boss with his friends, I am not that stupid, I know the difference.”

The deputy president accused the friends of Ruto for being overexcited on matters of leadership in the country.

According to the deputy president, some of the president’s allies have also formed a WhatsApp group dubbed ‘Project 22’ where they incite other leaders against Gachagua.

“The problem you are currently witnessing is that some people who are friends of the president also want to be my boss. Is it possible?” Gachagua posed.

“Now they are trying to incite other leaders against me through a group called Project 22 by convincing them that I am a bad person.”

Meanwhile, Gachagua recalled the period before the August 2022 elections, the obstacles he overcame when Ruto named him his running mate. 

“When Ruto was looking for a running mate, he had many choices, there was a small group that was saying that if he made me his deputy, he would fail,” the DP said.

Additionally, Gachagua maintained his stance on Mount Kenya unity calls, insisting that nothing shall stop him from uniting the people.

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