The late Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua's brother, Rigathi Gachagua, has stated that he will vie for the Mathira Parliamentary seat and not succeed his late brother as had earlier been reported.
Rigathi revealed that he arrived at this decision after wide consultations with family, friends and members from the political divide.
After Gachagua’s demise, it was widely expected that his brother would step-up to take over the mantle but he has decided to settle for less.
The late governor’s tenure was not short of drama as Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) tried to oust him from office due to what they termed as misappropriation of funds.
It has been reported that residents of Nyeri county were divided as far as Gachagua’s leadership was concerned, with some saying they would not vote for anyone related to him in their bid to seek change.
The Nyeri Gubernatorial seat is being eyed by various leaders including area Senator Mutahi Kagwe and current Governor Samuel Wamathai.
Rigathi highlighted the important role Mr Kagwe and Amb. Wamathai played during Governor Gachagua’s time in office by offering him unwavering political support. He, however, refused to be drawn into declaring whom his favourite candidate was, only maintaining that both had what it takes to lead Nyeri county.
“We are confused on who to support to be the next governor of Nyeri. However, we are quite sure that Kagwe and Wamathai who have declared their bid are fully qualified to occupy the office,” he stated.