I Spent Millions After Uhuru Asked Me to Fund His Campaign - Rigathi Gachagua

  • Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua addresses a gathering in Nyeri in 2019
    An undated image of Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua addressing a gathering in Nyeri town in 2019
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  • Mathira Member of Parliament Rigathi Gachagua now claims that he spent millions to bankroll President Uhuru Kenyatta both in the 2013 and 2017 Presidential elections.

    During an interview on Monday, August 2, Gachagua claimed that President Uhuru approached him in 2012 and asked him to fund his campaign which he readily agreed to do.

    In 2017, during the repeat Presidential elections, Gachagua stated that he told both President Uhuru and his Deputy William Ruto that he was going to sponsor campaigns and rallies in the entire Nyeri region.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses journalists after commissioning hospitals on Tuesday night, July 6.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses journalists after commissioning hospitals on Tuesday night, July 6.
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    He allegedly acquired campaign cars, erected billboards, mobilized people to campaign for the re-election of President Uhuru.

    He however declined to reveal the exact amount he used to fund the campaigns - only indicating the figure was in the millions. 

    "In 2013, Uhuru came to me and asked me to fund his campaigns and nobody had an issue with it. I gave him money as a friend. In 2017 during the repeat Presidential elections,  I told DP Ruto and Uhuru to leave Nyeri to me, where I used my money. I used millions to get cars, I erected billboards and mobilized people to run the campaigns," Gachagua stated.

    He added that he had earlier worked as Uhuru's Personal Assistant in 2002 after the current President plucked him from the business world. 

    Addressing the blocking of DP Ruto from traveling to Uganda, Gachagua claimed that the plan was hatched during a meeting held over the weekend at the home of one top government official.

    During the said meeting, Mathira MP added that another plan to block DP Ruto from touring the Mt Kenya region was also arrived at.

    Taking a tough stand, Gachagua stated that DP Ruto allies are even ready to face the police and teargas to squash any plans aimed that keeping him from touring the Mt Kenya region.

    Ruto was stopped by the security team at JKIA and asked for clearance from Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua according to his spokesperson, David Mugonyi.

    His entourage -which included Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro was, however, cleared to board the commercial flight to Entebbe International Airport. 

    Deputy President William Ruto disembarks a plane during a past trip.
    Deputy President William Ruto disembarks a plane during a past trip.
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