June 18, 2024

DP Gachagua allegedly denied military chopper again amid fallout claims with Ruto

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DP Gachagua allegedly denied military chopper again amid fallout claims with Ruto

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua did not use a military chopper during the Madaraka Day celebrations in Bungoma County

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua did not use a military chopper during the Madaraka Day celebrations in Bungoma County.

According to a report by The Standard, DP Gachagua’s allies claimed that this is the third time the second-in-command has been denied military and police aircraft.

The report adds that Gachagua was forced to hire a commercial plane after he was informed that he could not use the military helicopter ‘due to bad weather’.

“This was the third time, the Deputy President was being mistreated, on Monday last week, he had been assigned by the President to fly to Bungoma for the exhibition in preparation ahead of Madaraka celebrations where he was scheduled to use the same fixed wing he used while in Eldoret on Saturday and Sunday and was scheduled to fly him from Embakasi to Webuye Airstrip. All authorizations were in place by Sunday night; however, on Monday, May 27, the DP was informed the authorization had been withdrawn,” a close associate to Gachagua said.

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Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale confirmed the latest development but said Gachagua’s office had not requested the military chopper.

“When Gachagua failed to pass through our military VIP section, I got concerned and enquired, and I was informed that the military had not received any request from the office of the Deputy President. As protocol dictates, a letter from the office of the Deputy President is written to the Head of Public Service and copied to us (the Defense), but this did not happen,” Duale said.

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