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. Win for Gachagua in Sh200m case

    Assets Recovery Agency told the court that the funds are not proceeds of crime as earlier alleged.

    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua addresses wananchi in Nyeri town
  2. Murang'a to license bars according to towns

    The move will see more than 2,000 new bar licences applicants denied approval and the current 2,291 trimmed to 1,000.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  3. DP Rigathi Gachagua: Issue only one Bar and Restaurant licence per town

    He also directed counties not to renew bar licences when they expire.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  4. DP Gachagua to convene Governor Mwangaza, MCAs meeting

    Ms Mwangaza has been embroiled in a row with Ward Reps since she was sworn into office on August 25, 2022

    Rigathi Gachagua
  5. Ruto, Uhuru and Raila mourn Magoha as tributes pour in

    Raila has expressed his sadness at learning of Prof Magoha's death.

    Former Education CS George Magoha.
  6. Gachagua in drive to woo Jubilee MPs

    Mr Gachagua held talks with Nominated MP Sabina Chege and the party’s director of elections Kanini Kega on Friday.

    Former Kieni MP Kanini Kega, Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua
  7. Gachagua summons feuding Kericho MCAs for meeting

    The meeting will happen a day before Speaker of the County Assembly Patrick Mutai appears UDA party disciplinary committee

    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua addresses wananchi in Nyeri town on November 19, 2022.
  8. Ruto: I’m not setting up my deputy

    President has asked Mr Gachagua to oversee reforms in the tea and coffee sectors and boost farmers earnings.

    Ruto at Bomet Green Stadium
  9. DP Gachagua: I will free tea farmers from Uhuru-era cartels

    DP Gachagua said previous govt officials had "personal interests" in the sector.

    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua tea
  10. Dedan Kimathi widow released after Ruto settles her hospital bill

    Ms Mukami had been admitted at the hospital since January 5 with pneumonia symptoms and age-related challenges.

    Mukami Kimathi
  11. Mountains DP Gachagua must scale

    Some leaders have accused the Deputy President of pushing for a tribal instead of national agenda.

    Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi welcomes Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua
  12. DP Gachagua, Governor Mwangaza meet to end Meru leadership wrangles

    The governor has been at loggerheads with ward reps since she was sworn into office on August 25, 2022.

    Kawira Mwangaza
  13. Detractors won’t derail our agenda, say female governors

    County chiefs dismiss critics, say they will not relent in their efforts to improve livelihoods.

  14. Gachagua: We’ll train more local teachers for North Eastern region

    The DP said the government will ensure more local teachers are trained to bridge the gap left when non-locals leave due to threats from terror attacks.

    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua hands a gift to UK High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriott
  15. Gachagua engaged in "selective graft war"

    Kenya is waiting for a clear roadmap for eradicating graft but DP Gachagua seems hell-bent on selectively fighting the vice.

    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua addresses wananchi in Nyeri town on November 19, 2022.
  16. Humphrey Kariuki: From tax evasion claims to hosting State guests

    There were no DCI, KRA or Director of Public Prosecutions officials ready to pounce on him.

    William Ruto Mt Kenya Safari Club
  17. DPP declines to charge Dorcas Rigathi Facebook impersonator

    DDP instead directed police to close gaps in the case and tighten the evidence against the suspect.

    Rigathi wife protests change of prayer venue from Nyayo Stadium to Kasarani
  18. Murang'a women to get clean water in drive to end sexual assault

    Those in major towns targeted, as many homes also set to benefit.

    Water tap


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