Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua seeks a truce with his nemesis Uhuru Kenyatta, after he reportedly fell out with a section of Mt Kenya politicians including CS Kuria.
Speaking on Inooro TV on Friday, Gachagua downplayed the purported fallout with CS Kuria following the recent cabinet reshuffle.
Gachagua said Kuria’s transfer from the Trade docket to Public Service was a normal reassignment of work to enhance service delivery.
“I don’t know because he was here recently and we had no problem then. He is our son. So, I don’t know what could be wrong, ” Gachagua noted.
“In fact, his docket is important because it touches on government delivery unit so we know he will perform. When he didn’t win the 2022 elections, Ruto and I gave him a job in our Cabinet. We have no problem with him, as he was just reassigned to another ministry. If there’s an issue, I will call him and tell him that the job he has been given is of important. All these children are ours.”
He blamed the media for trying to portray a rift between the leaders of the mountain.
Similarly, Gachagua revealed that he was seeking dialogue with Uhuru in an effort to unite Mt Kenya as the 2027 General Election fast approaches.
He added that he had further instructed his allies to refrain from attacking the former head of state, who was subjected to vitriols and criticism to the extent of his family’s Northland City being raided after he declared support for former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
“Mr Kenyatta was fronting Mr Raila Odinga for the presidency, and he lost. We have now decided to embrace him as our respectable son and statesman despite everything.
“As Mt Kenya leaders, we have agreed not to be fighting him, and I am planning to hold talks with him. I have ordered everyone to respect him, and he is also doing good to keep his peace,” Gachagua stated.
According to Gachagua, Uhuru Kenyatta’s previous decision to make a comeback to politics could have derailed the government.
He further commended the former head of state for his recent decision to take a break from politics.
“I said no one would be attacked and we spoke with other leaders I told them Uhuru Kenyatta is also our son even if we fought, the elections ended, and former President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is enjoying his retirement, should be given his respect, and we have said no one will speak negatively of him.
“He has done well by being quiet and I thank him for that because when he had returned to politics we felt the burden,” Gachagua noted.
DP Gachagua lifted the lid on burying the hatchet with Uhuru Kenyatta, citing that a ‘handshake’ would happen at the opportune time.
“When the right moment arrives and hearts soften we will talk and as the proverbs say two axes can’t stay in one basket without hitting each other.”