Gachagua its is!:Deputy president William Ruto names Rigathi Gachagua his running mate

Gachagua its is!:Deputy president William Ruto names Rigathi Gachagua his running mate

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,15TH MAY,2022-Deputy President and Kenya Kwanza Alliance presidential candidate William Ruto has named Mathira Member of Parliament Rigathi Gachagua as his running mate in the 2022 presidential election.

While naming his deputy on Sunday, Dr Ruto said that Kenya Kwanza had harmonised the agenda of different parties to conform to the economic blueprint of Kenya Kwanza after a 17-hour meeting.

The naming of Mr Gachagua as the person who will deputise Dr Ruto, if he wins the August 9 presidential election, ends the guessing game which has persisted for months.

On Saturday, the much awaited unveiling of Dr Ruto’s running mate almost ran into headwinds amid reports of a major standoff.

By 5.30pm on Saturday, Members of Parliament allied to Dr Ruto were reportedly divided over the choice of Tharaka-Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki and  Mr Gachagua.

Those who were being considered for the Kenya Kwanza running mate were Ndindi Nyoro, Wahome Alice, Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi, and Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru.

At 5pm, Prof Kindiki and Mr Gachagua drove out of the meeting, pointing to a possible standoff. They, however, returned to Dr Ruto’s Karen residence later.

Other legislators including Kenya Kwanza Alliance principals, were said to be still going on with negotiations. Communication sent on Friday had indicated that the unveiling  of Dr Ruto’s running mate would be done at 10am Saturday.

But when lawmakers allied to Kenya Kwanza arrived at Dr Ruto’s Karen residence, a major stalemate emerged, forcing the team to convene a crisis meeting.

There was tension between MPs who were rooting for  Senator Kithure Kindiki against a handful in support of Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua.

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