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. Destroying forests will prolong drought, hunger

    Encouraging farmers to plant crops on forest land “is both uncalled for and unfortunate.

    Farming in Mt Kenya
  2. Non-performing ambassadors will be recalled, DP Gachagua says

    Deputy president-elect Rigathi Gachagua
  3. DP Rigathi Gachagua fires warning to Kenyan envoys

    Envoys failing to meet targets of marketing the country’s produce abroad every two years face the sack.

    Deputy president-elect Rigathi Gachagua
  4. Gachagua: I was misquoted on shamba system

    DP Gachagua said the government has kick-started a serious afforestation program on virgin land in forest reserves.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  5. Hope for bumper harvest as farmers receive subsidised fertiliser

    Depots in Bondo, Butere, Ugunja, Yala and Kisii towns have seen an upsurge of customers in the last few days.

  6. Mau forest dwellers urge state to roll out ‘shamba system’, but with new rules

    Some families have been living in the forest and temporary houses have mushroomed there

  7. Prof Kindiki makes history as first CS from Tharaka Nithi County

    Prof Kindiki was running for governorship in Tharaka Nithi County until February.

    Prof Kithure Kindiki
  8. Conservation buck stops at Ruto’s door

    It would be a great disrespect to these national leaders to suddenly reverse this government policy.

    Shamba system
  9. Environmentalists in Narok oppose reintroduction of 'shamba system'

    The activists said that allowing people to farm in forests would threaten the ecosystems

  10. Gachagua urged to emulate Uhuru in fight against killer brews

    Mr Kenyatta said that nobody had a licence to kill other Kenyans.

    Illicit brews nabbed
  11. Rachel Ruto announces monthly prayer services at State House

    The First lady thanked President Ruto for welcoming religious leaders to State House to pray for the country.

  12. DP Rigathi Gachagua to chair climate talks after 'shamba system' storm

    Gachagua recently announced the return of the controversial shamba system.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  13. Gachagua: You will be allowed to farm in forests

    DP Rigathi Gachagua says the shamba system will be reinstated when a new ‘smart’ Environment Cabinet secretary is appointed.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  14. DP Rigathi Gachagua's brother Jack Reriani dies

    DP said that his demise had hit him hard as he remains the only remaining son of the Kirigo and Gachagua family.

    Pastor Dorcas Rigathi, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and the late Jack Reriani.
  15. DP Rigathi Gachagua dances in Kisumu

  16. Kenyans react as DP Rigathi’s ‘hustler's jet’ lands in Kisumu

    In the viral pictures, the Deputy President is seen alongside a host of leaders aboard one of the luxurious military planes.

    Deputy President and other leaders aboard a Kenya Airforce jet.
  17. Are evangelicals capturing state?

    Critics say Kenya is a secular state and should treat all religions and faiths equally.

    William Ruto
  18. Yatani rejects claims Treasury is broke

    He said claims that government was broke are 'misinformed and were made out of ignorance.'

  19. Hope for traders as Kenya Railways installs containers at disputed Karatina site

    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua had pledged during campaigns to resettle the traders.

    Kenya Railway containers
  20. DP Gachagua flags off subsidised fertiliser

    Gachagua said 1.4m bags of 50kg fertiliser will be made available.


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