Rigathi Gachagua








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 is currently the Mathira Constituency Member of Parliament since 2017.

Latest articles on Rigathi Gachagua:

  1. Interesting coincidences between Karua, Gachagua

    Both went to secondary school in Gichugu at Karoti Girls and Kianyaga Boys.

    Martha Karua
  2. How Rigathi, Karua will shape race to State House

    How the running mate question will impact the race to succeed Kenyatta.

    Martha Karua
  3. Migori governor aspirant shrugs off Ruto tag

    Migori Senator Ochillo Ayacko, a front-runner in the governor’s race, alleged that Mr Pesa had been planted by the DP in the 'guise of DAP-K'.

  4. Uhuru will not visit Tharaka Nithi, county commissioner says

    The supposed visit was announced by area Governor Muthomi Njuki on Tuesday.

  5. Martha Karua versus Rigathi Gachagua

    Presidential frontrunners seem to have chosen to go with familiar faces in choosing their running mates for the August elections.

    Martha Karua
  6. Kabogo: Raila’s Azimio, Kalonzo are trying to force a run-off

    The former Kiambu governor said there was a plan to take the August elections to round two,

    Tujibebe Wakenya Party leader William Kabogo
  7. Ruto: Rigathi Gachagua is a prayerful man

    DP William Ruto defends his choice of running mate saying the Mathira MP cares about Kenyans.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  8. Kenya Kwanza cleared to hold DP Ruto rally at Ntimama Stadium

    The Kenya Kwanza brigade was to hold its rally at the William ole Ntimama Stadium but the meeting was cancelled.

  9. DP Ruto joins Gachagua in Nyeri for brother's burial

    Mr Gachagua will play a key role in mobilizing votes for Dr Ruto in the region.

  10. Karua, Gachagua to get additional security after running mate nominations

    NPS requirements grants both Karua and Gachagua additional security upon request.

    Martha Karua
  11. Azimio supporters in Eldoret celebrate Raila-Karua ticket

    They carried placards and hammer symbols as they chanted slogans in support of Mr Raila and Ms Karua.

  12. Gachagua running mate choice leaves UDA without candidate in Mathira

    Before his unveiling Gachagua had gotten a direct nomination from UDA party to defend his seat.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  13. Gachagua: My vision as deputy president

    Gachagua pledges to help his boss deliver a government that works for every citizen to overcome obstacles pulling Kenya back.

    Richathi Gachagua
  14. Ruto’s biggest gamble yet

    The choice of Raila’s running mate played a critical role in having Kenya Kwanza settle on the Mathira MP.

    Rigathi Gachagua.
  15. How Kanu groomed Ruto, Gachagua bromance

    Mr Gachagua has all the ambitions of an ex-Kanu wheeler dealer and will not stop at the DP’s position.

    DP William Ruto shakes hands with his running mate, Mr Rigathi Gachagua
  16. I will protect you, Gachagua tells Uhuru

    Mr Gachagua says all court cases facing him and other Hustler Nation leaders as “fake and evil.”

    Richathi Gachagua
  17. Mixed reactions as Gachagua picked to deputise Ruto

    While people in Nyeri were jubilant, residents of Tharaka Nithi and Kirinyaga counties expressed dissatisfaction

    Residents of Karatina
  18. Kindiki on Ruto running mate: I will make my stand known tomorrow

    Prof Kindiki skipped DP Ruto’s event, which unveiled Rigathi Gachagua as the Kenya Kwanza running mate.

    Kithure Kindiki
  19. You have failed us, Kirinyaga, Nithi residents tell Ruto over Gachagua choice

    The residents faulted the DP choice of running mate, adding that this may cost him the Mount Kenya vote.


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