DP Rigathi Gachagua and Gov Johnson Sakaja snub each other at Uhuru park sparking fallout talk in Kenya Kwanza.
A video of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua not shaking hands with Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has sparked speculation of rift in Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
The incident took place at Uhuru Park, where Ruto flagged off Community Health Promoters (CHP) kits on Monday, September 25.
Rigathi and Sakaja have have in the past voiced opposing views, with proposals by the County Government of Nairobi to ban matatu operators from Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) serving as a significant cause of conflict.
The deputy president differed with the proposal by Gov Sakaja claiming it was targeting a particular community.
In the video that has excited a section of Kenyans and political enthusiasts, Gachagua, on arrival at Uhuru Park, did not extend his hand to greet Sakaja.
The Nairobi governor was among the dignitaries waiting to welcome the DP and, subsequently, the president.
Gachagua went straight greet other dignitaries, including Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, Council of Governors Chairperson Anne Waiguru, Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa, Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha among others.
When Rigathi walked back after greeting the dignitaries, Sakaja put his hands behind his back and snubbed the DP in return.
Gachagua beef with Sakaja started early this year on removing matutus from Nairobi CBD.
Gachagua was against the move, claiming Sakaja was fighting Kikuyus, whom he termed as the biggest shareholders in the matatu industry.