DP Rigathi Gachagua. [Source/RG]
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has told off critics who accused him of being a tribal leader for presenting the interests of the Kikuyu community.
A section of Western Kenya leaders have been accusing Gachagua of propagating tribal politics after he warned Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja against ejecting matatus plying Mt Kenya routes from the CBD.
The said those calling him tribal are “disrespectful" noting they did not criticize him when he endorsed Sakaja for governorship in the race he was facing Kikuyu competitors.
“We are not tribal, and I am definitely not tribal… When Governor Johnson Sakaja was being elected, there was Margaret Wanjiru whom I asked to shelve her ambitions for the young man. Was that tribal?" There was Igathe (another Kikuyu) whom I rallied people against, was I tribal?” he posed.
The second-in-command said he had noted that there was a group of individuals who had mooted to discredit him on tribal lines but vowed not to keep quiet when the interests of his community are at stake.
“Whenever anyone from the Kikuyu community speaks or they gather somewhere, they are accused of tribalism, but they turn the other way when members from another community do the same,” he said.
"When I say that businesses owned by Kikuyus' should be protected, it is wrong for anyone to interpret that as being tribal," Gachagua added.
The DP made the remarks when he was hosted by renowned Royal Media Services journalist Francis Gachuri during Inooro TV's Kiririmbi Show on Sunday night. Watch the Interview here (In Kikuyu language).
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