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. Stop daring floods –you’ll die, DP Gachagua warns Kenyans

    El Nino-related flooding in Kenya has killed 76 people and displaced 34,155 households.

  2. Governors clash with Gachagua on El Nino response funds

    DP says counties need to reallocate funds in their budgets.

    Council of Governors Chairperson Anne Waiguru
  3. PREMIUM Mutua: Moses Kuria, a live grenade

    Kuria is a heavyweight in Kenya’s byzantine politics. He’s both a chameleon and a viper all rolled into one.

    Moses Kuria
  4. DP Gachagua orders crackdown on sellers of fake medicines

    The DP calls for a multi-agency approach to stamp out sale of fakes.

    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua
  5. Help your boyfriends quit drugs, Second Lady tells varsity girls

    Dorcas Rigathi has expressed concern that boys have been neglected and called for proper parenting and empowerment initiatives, describing them as 'seed carriers' for the next generation.

  6. Gachagua: I will account for Ruto’s foreign trips

    Gachagua assures Kenyans Ruto is focused on wooing investors.

    Rigathi Gachagua in Embu
  7. I’ll work with transport sector to end drug abuse: Gachagua

    Mr Gachagua said the ills are destroying lives of young people.

  8. How Ruto and Gachagua brokered deal to save Wamatangi from impeachment

    An 8-hour meeting was held on Monday at DP's residence with county leaders and the Governor.

  9. PREMIUM Gachagua’s allocation beats Ruto’s in Sh187bn mini budget

    DP and his wife are some of the biggest beneficiaries of the mini budget tabled in Parliament.

  10. Laws set for review to end double taxation: DP Gachagua assures Kenyans in diapora

    Rigathi Gachagua met with Kenyans during his trip to Belgium and Germany.

    DP Rigathi Gachagua in Belgium
  11. PREMIUM Mashujaa Day: Ruto's balancing act

    The celebration of national heroes comes at a time when the country is facing a myriad of challenges.

    Mashujaa Day in Kericho
  12. Factions emerge in UDA ahead of party elections

    Two rival camps coalescing around Ruto and Gachagua have begun to form.

    DP Rigathi Gachagua holds a consultative meeting with the UDA National Steering Committee
  13. Gachagua: Ruto and I joined at the hip

    DP accuses media of fuelling imaginary plots.

    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua
  14. DP Gachagua urges adequate funding for Haiti peace mission

    Gachagua says more resources are needed in the peace keeping mission.

    Rigathi Gachagua in Narok
  15. PREMIUM Curse of DPs: Kibaki, Saitoti woes and lessons for Gachagua

    It will be interesting to see whether President Ruto will come to Gachagua's aid.

  16. Mt Kenya MPs accompany Ruto to Nyanza as Gachagua visits Rift

    In Migori, the MPs played up Dr Ruto's nationalist agenda.

    Ruto in Nyanza
  17. PREMIUM Falling apart? Ruto, Gachagua feud over ‘share’ remark heats up

    DP says he has no apologies to make, insisting plum jobs will go to regions with highest shares.

    Ruto and Gachagua
  18. Gachagua now reaches out to Azimio leaders in Mt Kenya

    He says he was keen to ensure that the interests of the region were represented in Kenya Kwanza.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  19. PREMIUM Ruto-Raila vs Gachagua-Uhuru? The making of an open rebellion

    The Deputy President has persistently discredited the ongoing Bomas talks.

  20. Gachagua: We will borrow Sh150bn from China to complete stalled roads

    The president will ask the Chinese government to review credit service terms.

    Rigathi Gachagua