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. PREMIUM Intrigues, power play reign in new Cabinet line-up

    Ruto appears keen to continue appealing to regions that voted for him in

  2. PREMIUM First among equals: Mudavadi trains sights on the big ticket

    “There is simply too much on my plate to be fantasizing about hypothetical roles..." - Mudavadi.

  3. We are working on your demands: Gachagua to Gen Z​

    He said they should suspend protests as criminals had hijacked them.

    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua
  4. PREMIUM The cost of Ruto-Gachagua fallout

    The rift has been widened by the planned reforms and reorganisation of the government in the wake of Gen Z protests.

    William Ruto
  5. PREMIUM Ruto back to factory settings despite Gen Z pressure

    The government has gone back on its word to increase the road maintenance levy.

  6. PREMIUM Ruto's reign unravels after Cabinet purge

    While the dismissal of the Cabinet is supposed to ease pressure, will the President Ruto clean his house with a dirty broom?

    President William Ruto
  7. Ruto scores C, Gachagua D in Infotrak performance rating

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

  8. Oburu Oginga: A Gachagua presidency would be disastrous

    Dr Oginga says the resignation of President Ruto will automatically elevate his deputy to the presidency.

    Oburu Oginga
  9. 'I'm fully in charge' Ruto says

    I am stronger, I assure Kenyans that I will have a very effective cabinet to serve Kenyans.

    William Ruto
  10. PREMIUM Ruto’s tough balancing act in forming next Cabinet

    At the heart of the competing political interests is the desire by President Ruto to embrace the opposition.

    William Ruto
  11. PREMIUM The missteps that boxed Ruto into a corner  

    President William Ruto has borrowed from the 2005 script by late President Mwai Kibaki.

  12. President Ruto sacks entire cabinet

    Office of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua unaffected.

    President William Ruto addresses the nation at State House in Nairobi.
  13. PREMIUM Isolating Gachagua: His Mathira MP ‘son’ latest to ditch him

    Mathira MP is the latest leader in Mt Kenya to bolt out of the Deputy President's camp.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  14. PREMIUM Irony of Ruto’s concessions, U-turns on opulence, harambees

    President Ruto warmed hearts through harambees which he has banned due to public pressure.

    President William Ruto
  15. PREMIUM Why IG Koome is under siege

    His apparent low profile during the protests has raised eyebrows and some have questioned whether he is still in charge.

    Japhet Koome
  16. A divided presidency fuelling national crisis

    Urgent measures are required to stop the country’s descent into chaos and mayhem.

  17. PREMIUM Gachagua opens up on his tiff with Ruto

    He said issues between them will be addressed in the spirit of unity and democracy.

  18. Cheers to freedom: Mathira bars reopen after four-month closure

    It is now business as usual, loud music, nyama choma and drunken revellers staggering in the streets.

  19. PREMIUM Under siege: Citizens scrutinise Ruto allies and the church

    No one predicted that 2024 would be the year of accountability in Kenyan politics.

  20. Kenyan diaspora in US reject Ruto's plan to engage Gen Zs

    They have also called for the immediate recall of the US ambassador to Kenya, Meg Whitman