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. Performing arts to be compulsory in CBC syllabus, says Machogu

    Every school expected to take part in the performing arts competitions.

    Ezekiel Machogu
  2. PREMIUM Why Mt Kenya politicians are growing impatient with Ruto government

    Mt Kenya leaders say President Ruto must push his CSs to deliver on Kenya Kwanza pre-election promises.

    Cabinet meeting
  3. PREMIUM UDA elections: You are either on the table or on the menu!

    We are all looking forward to the UDA polls to see how the party will organise its eating table.

    President William Ruto
  4. PREMIUM What ANC, UDA merger means for Mudavadi, Gachagua

    President Ruto's priority is to build a strong political party instead of an outfit based on delicate alliances.

    Musalia Mudavadi.
  5. PREMIUM Ghosts of Jaramogi, Saitoti haunt Gachagua in UDA

    When Moi entered a pact with Raila’s NDP, then VP Saitoti was a major casualty.

    Rigathi Gachagua, Saitoti, Jaramogi
  6. Kalonzo’s big mountain to climb

    Kalonzo has formed a think-tank on how to win over vote-rich region.

    Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka
  7. Doctors' strike: PCEA offers to mediate

    The leaders noted that ordinary Kenyans who depend on public hospitals were suffering.

  8. Ruto scores C, Gachagua D in Infotrak performance rating

    Ruto's performance is an improvement from a rating of D last year.

  9. PREMIUM Mudavadi ready to fold ANC in grand UDA plan

    He recently hinted at another wave of a ‘political earthquake’.

  10. PREMIUM Why Gachagua's cheap beer promise is a well-trodden path

    Gachagua says surveys have shown that demand for low-end liquor is huge.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  11. Gachagua to Kenyans abroad: Invest back home

    The DP is leading Kenya's delegation to the 30th anniversary of Rwanda genocide.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  12. Gachagua extends overtures to ODM coastal leaders

    The DP promises to look for investors to set camp in Malindi to revive the tourism sector.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  13. PREMIUM 'Truthful man' cuts new political image

    DP Gachagua has been holding regular meetings with MPs from his political backyard.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  14. PREMIUM The power of Mama Ngina Kenyatta

    Mama Ngina Kenyatta is no ordinary leader in Mount Kenya politics.

    Former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta. 
  15. PREMIUM Kenya’s curious politics of apologies

    Even when apologies achieve desired effects, the recipients never believe them.

    Rigathi Gachagua and former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta
  16. Nyamakima: Government releases goods stuck at Mombasa port

    Gachagua said the release of the goods would be subject to the required standards.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  17. Gender reflections on future UDA presidential tickets

    Ruto promised that the party's candidates and their running mates will not be of the same gender.

  18. Forgive us: Gachagua apologises to Mama Ngina

    DP apologised for what he termed “political madness.”

    Rigathi Gachagua and former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta
  19. PREMIUM Murmurs in Mt Kenya: Win for Karua-Kioni wing, threat for Gachagua

    Karua and Kioni out to capitalise on the growing disenchantment in Mt Kenya region.

    Jeremiah Kioni, Martha Karua and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.
  20. PREMIUM The traps that will make or break DP Gachagua

    Gachagua is walking a political tightrope in the restive Mt Kenya region.

     Rigathi Gachagua