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Who is Rigathi Gachagua?

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Who is Rigathi Gachagua?


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Rigathi Gachagua is a Kenyan Member of Parliament for Mathira constituency and the 2022 presidential election running mate to Deputy President William Ruto under Kenya Kwanza political coalition.


Born in 1965, in Ruguru village of Mathira Constituency, Nyeri County, Rigathi Gachagua attended the Kabiruini Primary School from 1971 to 1977 before going to Kianyaga High School for his O-levels and A-levels. In 1985 he studied at the University of Nairobi graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Literature in 1988.

Public Service

Between 1999 and 2000, Gachagua joined Kenya School of Government where he graduated with a Diploma in Advanced Public Administration. He then served as a District Officer in Kakamega, Ng’arua and Laikipia Districts.

Between 2001 and 2006, Gachagua worked as the Personal Assistant to Uhuru Kenyatta then the Minister for Local Government. He was elected as a Member of Parliament for Mathira Constituency in 2017 standing for the Jubilee Party.

Gachagua has been a public servant for the better part of his life, having started as an assistant secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and National Heritage in 1989, before being promoted to become a District Officer.

Money Laundering Allegations

Gachagua has been a subject of interest to investigative agencies over allegations that companies with which he is associated received tenders worth Ksh12 billion between 2013 and 2017, allegations that he denies.

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