Deputy President William Ruto has hinted at picking his long-time ally and popular Member of Parliament of Mathira Rigathi Gachagua as his running mate as the country heads to the 2022 polls.
While addressing Nyeri residents during his tour to the region on December 4, Ruto asked the residents to allow Gachagua to accompany him in his quest of seeking national votes.
The DP went ahead to request the residents to protect the legislator’s seat even as they partner with the billionaire MP to seek votes across the country.
This is the first time the DP has hinted at a candidate from the vote-rich region after speculation of other preferential candidates such as Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and Narc Kenya Party Leader Martha Karua.
Gachagua has been a vocal Ruto supporter in the region since the DP fell out with President Uhuru Kenyatta after the reelection of the Jubilee government in 2017.
Before joining elective politics, Gachagua served as a District Officer (DO) and as a personal assistant to Uhuru during his unsuccessful 2002 presidential campaign.
He is the younger brother to former Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua who passed on in February 2017.
The first time legislator’s support for the DP has seen him getting into the hands of law enforcers on several accounts. Consequently, members of the DP’s camp accused the government of frustrating the legislator because of his stance to support the DP.
The Mathira legislator has also openly differed with other Ruto allies who have opposed the DP’s stance on forming alliances with the other parties. One of the Mt Kenya allies who have faced criticism from the Mathira MP include Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.
“Moses Kuria is a friend of the Deputy President. If he has conditions like those ones, then he is able to walk to his office and discuss with him. But on our side, we have no such conditions. Our issues with the DP is economy, economy, economy and nothing else,” Gachagua criticised Kuria then.
Additionally, Ruto asked the residents to adopt a six-piece voting model that will see the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party winning a majority of the elective seats.
“Will you give us a governor, senator, MP, and MCA of UDA who knows about the hustlers and understands bottom up?” Ruto asked.
This comes after calls by Ruto for parties within the vote-rich region to fold and join UDA amidst criticism over his hard stance on political alliances.