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Insider reveals how they broke down begging Ruto to pick Gachagua as running mate

Kimani Ngunjiri warns DP Gachagua as row with the president simmers recounting how they begged Ruto to pick former Mathira MP as running mate.

On Monday, former Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri  claimed that Second Lady Pastor Dorcas Rigathi broke down after she was overwhelmed with emotions in a meeting held in Karen at the height of the 2022 elections.

The former lawmaker claimed in a video shared to his social media accounts that Pastor Dorcas, the wife of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, sobbed as she begged President William Ruto to choose her husband as his running mate.

Ngunjiri claims that the meeting, which was attended by five persons, took place at the DP’s official residence. 

Along with Gachagua, other attendees included his wife, the President, Ngunjiri, and Kiharu Member of Parliament Ndindi Nyoro. 

The group had visited Ruto to convince him to support Gachagua’s candidature for the DP role, arguing that he was the right choice at the time owing to the political dynamics in Mt Kenya. 

Gachagua then faced stiff competition from Interior CS Kithure Kindiki, who was the favourite candidate according to Kenya Kwanza insiders. 

“I am old, but I cried defending the DP. Gachagua’s wife cried, and I can say that Ruto heeded to our cries. We did not hate Interior CS Kithure Kindiki. However, to put the Mt Kenya vote in one basket, we had to settle on Gachagua,” he stated.

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Ngunjiri’s admission comes amid speculations that a looming fallout between Ruto and Gachagua, despite the former not addressing the claims as the latter continues to refute them. 

Former Bahati MP further called out Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua for allegedly sidelining him and Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro.

Ngunjiri said he and MP Nyoro stood firm in persuading the President to pick Gachagua as his running mate ahead of the 2022 General Elections.

He however, clarified that he had no issues with being sidelined despite backing Gachagua for the DP role but warned him against having differences with his boss.

“I also want to remind the DP that the most important thing after one is elected as President is to unite all Kenyans. The President cannot go somewhere and talk about shares. He is a symbol of unity.

“He must work everywhere even if he won’t get elected in those areas, including Nyanza. I agree with the President when he says that all Kenyans are taxpayers. Ruto has tried, and the ambassadorial appointments show the face of Kenyans,” the former lawmaker stated, further calling on Mt Kenya leaders to unite. 

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