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Kenya Kwanza presidential running mate, Rigathi Gachagua, is a man under siege after a video of him asking a certain community from Rift Valley to stop stealing cattle from neighbouring communities.
Kenyans.co.ke established that Gachagua made the comments during a rally in Njoro, Nakuru county on Friday, June 24, reviving the 'Give Gachagua The Mic' calls from the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya.
In the clip, which has since gone viral, he asked the tribesmen from the community in question to refrain from the theft of cattle, further challenging the youth to respect the property of other people.Kenya Kwanza running mate Rigathi Gachagua addresses residents in Nandi County on Sunday, May 29, 2022.William Ruto
"I want you to promise me that the issue of stealing cows owned by other communities must come to an end. Lets respect one another so that everyone reaps what they sowed.
"We ask that people to keep off from their neighbour's cows and guard their own. Are we together?" Gachagua posed.
Notably, part of the video had been left out to give the context of his remarks, with opponents using the clip to score political points while others have accused him of attacking a community closely linked to his boss, Deputy President William Ruto.
The Mathira Member of Parliament had initially lauded the tribesmen for maintaining peaceful co-existence with their neighbours despite provocation to causing trouble during the electioneering period.
He noted that the frustrations being meted of DP Ruto was a trap set for the community, with those planning it hoping that the community would act indecently by attacking its neighbours.
"I want to ask you, the people from the.... (community name redacted), we know the day they started attacking Ruto, they were targetting you so that you can cause havoc. However, you guys are smart, you read their intentions and chose to maintain peace," he stated.
Gachagua particularly accused one politician from the region of allegedly inciting other tribes against the one in question and causing tension with the aim of causing full blown chaos.
Consequently, he asked the youth to focus on farming and fend for themselves, emphasizing that they should continue respecting their neighbours and live in harmony.
"There is a politician here who is trying to bring incitement in Njoro, and I want to urge you not to accept it.
"I am pleading with the youth from that community to respect the other tribes and live like brothers and sisters. Return to the farms, even the few whose work is to steal cattle," added Gachagua.steal
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