- Rigathi Gachagua
During the highly anticipated presidential running mate debate held on Tuesday, July 19, Kenya Kwanza's running mate, Rigathi Gachagua, took the opportunity to heap praise on his family and highlight the importance of the family unit in society.
While making his opening speech at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), based in Karen, Nairobi, Gachagua introduced his wife and two children; pastor Dorcas Wanjiku - married for 35 years, and their two sons; Kevin Gachagua and Keith Ikinu Rigathi.
The Mathira Member of Parliament revealed that his firstborn son, Kevin, is a software engineer while Keith is a medical doctor.
Gachagua, who steered away from going deep into the intricate details of his family, proceeded to highlight why the Kenya Kwanza coalition is fit to form the next government.Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua speaking during the Kenya Kwanza Alliance Manifesto launch on Thursday, June 30, 2022Gachagua's Twitter
However, despite the snippets, not much is known about Gachagua's family, with his wife and children keeping out of the political and public limelight. In particular, Keith Rigathi has maintained a low profile across all social media platforms.
A spot check by Kenyans.co.ke on the order of merit for the 2010 KCSE examinations, Keith, an Alliance High School alumnus, scored a mean grade of A plain of 86.92 and was ranked 17th nationally. According to the top 100 male candidates nationally, he was ranked 13th.
The 29-year-old joined the University of Nairobi (UoN) to pursue a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. He graduated in December 2019 - an achievement that was praised by Gachagua who reminisced of his time at the university where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration and International Relations.
"After 30 years, I went back to the University at the graduation square this morning to witness the graduation of my last born son, Keith Ikinu Rigathi, who was awarded Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. My wife and I were overwhelmed with excitement and indeed we are very proud parents.
"We thank God for his goodness in seeing Keith through a very difficult course that took him six years."
"Having seen my last child through school, I will consider going back for a Master's Degree in the same university sometime next year. I am a very proud father and I salute Doctor Ikinu Rigathi for the honour he has bestowed on his parents. As he starts working as a Doctor, I have reminded him that the profession is a calling and I am very happy he has joined me in service to mankind," read part of Gachagua's statement as quoted on December 20, 2019.
In February 2021, Gachagua lauded Keith for his passion for his profession while working at Mbagathi District Hospital.
"You continue to encourage me in your selfless service and calling as you attend to patients day and night at Mbagathi District Hospital," Gachagua stated.Kenya Kwanza's running mate, Rigathi Gachagua, (left) poses for a photo alongside his son, Keith Ikinu Rigathi, and his wife Dorcas Wanjiku at UoN in December 2019.Rigathi Gachagua
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