Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua is facing opposition from a section of Mount Kenya leaders following his endorsement as the designated Mt Kenya kingpin.

Led by Kirinyaga Jubilee Party Chair Muriithi wa Kang’ara, Gachagua was on Wednesday, December 21, warned against imposing himself on the people of Central Kenya.

Speaking to journalists after a consultative meeting in Kirinyaga, Wa Kang’ara sent a warning to the DP, claiming that the region still answers to former President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“Mt Kenya has not yet stated who will replace Uhuru as our kingpin. He is still the spokesperson and kingpin of Mt Kenya. We have also not stated that you are Mt Kenya kingpin,” Wa Kang’ara announced.

Kirinyaga Jubilee Chairman Muriithi wa Kang’ara during a past event



Wa Kang’ara claimed that Gachagua is subtly forcing former president Uhuru Kenyatta to join Kenya Kwanza administration.

“Why is he telling Uhuru to join Kenya Kwanza? If you go anywhere, respect Uhuru and leave him alone,” he directed.

The Mt Kenya leader also urged the DP to concentrate on fulfilling the promises the current government made to its supporters during the campaign period.

Wa Kang’ara also sought to remind the Deputy President to take his time and understand the serious issues that are currently affecting the country.

“He is not the President. You are the DP, do what you promised to do after 100 days. Deal with hunger and security issues. Uhuru is not the agenda for Kenya Kwanza,” he added.

On Tuesday, December 20, Gachagua received mass support from the Kikuyu Council of Elders. The council rallied behind Gachagua while meeting Nyeri governor Mutahi Kahiga.

Kikuyu Council of Elders’ national Vice Chairman David Muthoga endorsed and vowed to support the new administration.

“We are proud of Ruto for picking our son Rigathi as his deputy and we don’t have a choice other than rallying behind him. I am employed by the Government. Who am I to go against the Government?” Muthoga revealed.

President William Ruto and DP Rigathi Gachagua during an inter-denominational service in Embu county on Sunday, December 4, 2022.

William Ruto.

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