Kenya’s Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua Missing in Action: Unseen in Public, Phone Switched Off

It appears that Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and President William Ruto might not be in complete alignment, as evident from recent developments. Notably, Gachagua has been conspicuously absent from 11 state functions, a departure from his usual presence alongside the Head of State.

His absence was particularly noticeable during the recent visit of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, an event he typically would have attended. Gachagua’s last public appearance was noted as last Monday. Furthermore, his non-attendance at the tree planting ceremony on May 10th, which involved all cabinet secretaries and the president, raised eyebrows. Originally slated to plant trees in Bomet County, Gachagua’s participation was abruptly canceled without clear communication from his team.

In addition to these events, Gachagua was notably missing from a crucial State House meeting with KTDA directors and chairpersons, as well as the swearing-in ceremony of judges at State House. Sources indicate that Gachagua’s whereabouts have been traced to his village in Mathira constituency, with his phone switched off, frustrating attempts to contact him.

These developments suggest a potential discord between Gachagua and President Ruto, as Gachagua’s absence from key state functions becomes increasingly conspicuous.