Rigathi Gachagua






Businessman, Politician


Married. Brother to late former Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua.


Education: Early learning at Kabiruini Primary School. O- Levels and A-Levels at Kianyaga High School. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree; Political Science and Literature from University of Nairobi where he studied between 1985 and 1988. After that, he did Paramilitary Training at the Administration Police Institute in 1990.  He did an Advanced Public Administration Course at Kenya School of Government between 1999 and 2000. 

Early career: He worked in the Office of the President as a District Officer Cadet from 1990. He then rose to Personal Assistant to the Head of Public Service in 1991. He served as District Officer In charge of Ng’arua Division, Laikipia District from 1997 to 1999.

He served as Uhuru Kenyatta's Personal Assistant when he was Minister for Local Government. For four years between 2002 and 2006, Rigathi Gachagua was the custodian of Uhuru Kenyatta’s diary as his PA. As a Kanu presidential candidate in 2002, Mr Kenyatta travelled with Mr Gachagua throughout the country.

Mr Gachagua was the Mathira Constituency Member of Parliament between 2017 and 2022, when he ran for Deputy President as William Ruto's running mate on a UDA ticket. Dr Ruto and Mr Gachagua won the 2022 Presidential election and now serve as President and Deputy President respectively. 

Latest articles on Rigathi Gachagua:

  1. DP Rigathi Gachagua to lead coffee summit in Meru

    The special summit will seek ways to ensure that farmers are paid better for their produce.

    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, mukami kimathi funeral
  2. Ruto, Gachagua donate Sh1.5m to owner of bus torched in protests

    The donation was delivered in cash by Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungw'a.

    National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung'wa
  3. Ruto seeks Sh2bn to globe-trot

    Official data shows Sh9.09 billion was spent by the President in the period through January against an original full-year estimate of Sh8.64 billion.

    William Ruto
  4. Gachagua escalates efforts to isolate Uhuru in Mt Kenya

    The former Mathira MP has been consolidating the region as he positions himself as its kingpin.

    DP Gachagua
  5. Four counties join the Nairobi Rivers Commission

    Kajiado, Kiambu, Machakos and Makueni will participate in the restoration activities of the commission.

    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua when he chaired the Nairobi Rivers Commission at Harambee House Annex
  6. How Ruto allies provoked Uhuru to get involved in politics

    Jubilee Party leaders say they will capitalise on State failures to claw back influence in Mt Kenya.

    Jubilee Party Leader and former President Uhuru Kenyatta
  7. Lessons for Gachagua from Karanja’s fall and why DP should slow down

    Kenya’s fifth VP had no chance when piranhas from his backyard were set on him.

    Then President Daniel arap Moi and his vice-president Dr Josephat Karanja
  8. Ruto’s tight rope as one man one vote debate rages on

    Pundits warn that Uhuru and his allies are casting President Ruto as a bet they had warned Mt Kenya residents against.

    William Ruto, Uhuru Kenyatta and Rigathi Gachagua
  9. Impunity? Puzzle of CASs at work despite court order

    While their reporting to duty was made public, the CASs in the DP’s office have not been seen in public.

  10. UDA will rule for 100 years — Gachagua

    DP says they have plans to recruit members across the country.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  11. Kenya, Colombia seek closer ties, enhance trade relations

    Gachagua says Kenya is keen to learn from Colombia’s success with coffee as it seeks to grow the sector.

    DP Rigathi Gachagua holds talks with the Vice-President of Colombia Francia Marquez Mina
  12. Ruto, Raila shake hands at Mukami Kimathi's funeral

    The two shook hands after meeting publicly for the first time since the August 2022 General election.

  13. Gachagua hails UK support as security project launched

    The project aims to bring peace to the borderlands of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.

    DP Rigathi Gachagua
  14. Shakahola cult: DP says no blanket attack on churches

    Gachagua says only the small percentage of rogue churches and clergy should be held responsible on an individual basis.

    Rigathi Gachagua greets the Vatican Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya Hubertus Maria Van Megen
  15. Kanu SG hits out at Moses Kuria over 'unprintable' remarks

    Mr Wainaina also floated the idea of a leadership school for political leaders.

    Kanu Secretary-General George Wainaina
  16. Magesha Ngwiri: Letter from the heart for the DP

    Part of your job description is to heal rather than sow discord.

  17. We’ll build rehab centres in every county, Gachagua says

    DP laments that young people are wasting away in alcohol and drug abuse.

    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua


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