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DP Gachagua responds on claims of Ruto reducing his powers after cabinet reshuffle

Gachagua dismisses speculations of differences with President Ruto following a cabinet reshuffle that led to the transfer of the Foreign Affairs docket to Musalia Mudavadi.

Following the latest Cabinet shuffle, which raised rumors of simmering tension between the two, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has defended his relationship with President William Ruto.

Speaking to Inooro FM on Friday Gachagua stated that there is no power play between him and Mudavadi and that they converse and exchange thoughts on regular issues.

DP Gachagua said that his relationship with his boss has not changed as he continues to be entrusted with significant responsibilities in the government. 

He pointed out that this shows Ruto’s appreciation for his significant contributions to delivering the Kenya Kwanza Manifesto.

“Ruto and I always keep talking, if you see the work he has given me, it’s a lot hence there’s no power play between Mudavadi and I. If I see an area is not going well, I approach him and we talk about these things,” he said.

“President William Ruto and I are joined at the hip. We talk on a daily basis. My relationship with the President is top-notch. He has mandated me with a great responsibility because he understands my output. We shall continue working for Kenyans until the end of our term.”

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On Wednesday, President Ruto transferred the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Gachagua’s office to Prime Cabinet CS Musalia Mudavadi, raising questions about the power dynamics within the Kenya Kwanza government.

However, Gachagua noted the Head of State just reorganized his team for the effective delivery of services. 

“It is the prerogative of the President to organize and reorganize his team.

In the Cabinet changes, Ruto also moved Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria from the Trade Ministry to Public Service, performance, and Delivery Management. 

The Head of State also redeployed CS Alfred Mutua to the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife.  

CS Alice Wahome, who headed the Water and Sanitation Ministry was moved to the Ministry of Lands, Public Works, housing and Urban Development. 

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