Mathira MP, Rigathi Gachagua.
Political temperatures have continued to rise especially in the Mt Kenya region ahead of the 2022 general election. Leaders as well as the residents are still in paradox on which political route to take after the retirement of president Uhuru Kenyatta.
Mathira member of parliament, Rigathi Gachagua, is among those who have made their political stand known. Gachagua is a Ruto diehard and has declared that he will be defending his Mathira seat on a UDA party ticket.
Nevertheless, the lawmaker faced a rough when he attended a political interview at Inooro TV on Monday morning. Raila Odinga supporters from Mt Kenya region put the legislator into task with hard questions forcing Gachagua to scratch his head as he sought for answers.
For example, a Kenyan by the name Pastor Njoroge from Kiambu asked the MP why he doesn't fight for Kikuyus whose houses were burnt in the Rift Valley during the Post Election Violence. Njoroge said that it was dishonest for Gachagua to keep on talking about the Kenyans whose houses were demolished in Kariobangi and Njiru.
Gachagua responded by saying that the question should be directed to president Uhuru Kenyatta to answer why some people are still unsettled when he has been in power for 9 years. Rigathi added that he was not an elected member when the clashes happened in Rift Valley and therefore he can't speak on the issue. Gachagua noted that he speaks about Kariobangi because those locals have suffered when he is a lawmaker and it's his constitutional right to fight for them.
Another Kenyan from Murang'a by the name Githinji questioned Rigathi's earlier statement. The MP had said that when Ruto is sworn in, he will ensure that all the traders in Karatina town who were displaced during the construction of Nairobi-Nanyuki railway line, get resettled back. According to Githinji, this would be a recipe for chaos.
Gachagua responded by saying that even in Kibra people do business along the railway line and the government has never disrupted them. He said that he doesn't regret his statement.
Sir Nickson Mburu also questioned about the church that was burnt in Kiambaa and why Ruto and his troops never mind to do a harambee and rebuilt the church. Gachagua said that he's not the one who burnt the church and therefore the question was misplaced. He added that he wouldn't contribute for the construction of the church.
Wanjiku from Kagio in Kirinyaga county said that Raila Odinga is corruption free and he is after seeing the economy grow. She told Gachagua that she will vote for Raila in 2022.
Rigathi responded by saying that every Kenyan has a right to vote for whoever they wish. He however advised Wanjiku to revisit her decision not to regret later.
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