Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has urged leaders in the Mt Kenya region to unite and focus on development, avoiding divisive politics.
Speaking at the Kiambu Golf Club during a thanksgiving ceremony for golf champion Michael Karanga, Gachagua addressed concerns about a political scheme aiming to divide the region’s voting bloc.
Gachagua emphasized the importance of unity, stating, “Our relevance in national leadership lies in our unity. We know what disunity and divisive politics did to us in the past.”
He encouraged leaders to concentrate on the socio-economic growth of the people and not be swayed by divisive tactics.
Accompanied by numerous MPs from the region who pledged their support, Gachagua called for a collective vision of a strong and prosperous community.
He acknowledged the diversity of political choices in the 2022 General Election and urged leaders to move beyond divisive discussions.
“Elections are over; let’s close the debate on who voted where because nobody was wrong in making their political choice,” Gachagua asserted.
He emphasized that the region is united behind President William Ruto, focusing on development and creating a conducive environment for businesses.
Various leaders, including MPs Waithaka Machua, Njuguna Kawanjiku, and EALA members Kanini Kega and Maina Karobia, expressed support for Gachagua’s leadership and emphasized the need to prioritize development over succession politics.
Addressing the transformation of the sports sector, Gachagua highlighted the government’s commitment to nurturing talent and supporting sports.
He cited the success story of Michael Karanga, a former caddy who became a world champion, as evidence of the bottom-up economic transformation model.
In terms of the country’s economy, Gachagua urged patience with President Ruto’s efforts to revive it.
He acknowledged the challenges inherited by President Ruto and emphasized the gradual improvement in the economy, urging Kenyans to work hard for a better future.