Gachagua's absence is now worrying residents after he conspicuously missed the Governors' meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta held in his county last month.
“No one is explaining what is happening in our county. Where is our governor? We are entitled to know where he is,” said Ruth Nyawira, a resident quoted by The Standard.
It is not the first time, however, that the Governor is missing in action as in December 2014, Gachagua also disappeared from the public eye for about three months before the county confirmed that he had been receiving medical treatment in Europe.
When President Kenyatta visited Nyeri last month, he was received by Deputy Governor Samuel Wamaathai, who is currently reported to be in charge of the county's business following the prolonged absence of the Governor.
To calm the brewing anxiety, Nyeri Acting County Secretary Alice Wachira released a statement indicating that Governor Gachagua had travelled abroad for a routine medical examination.
“Following his illness in 2015, for which he was treated abroad, the governor has travelled for a routine medical review. In his absence, the deputy is taking charge of the county,” read the statement in part.
Nonetheless, the medical condition of the Governor has remained a puzzle among residents of Nyeri county.
A near similar incident was last week reported in Machakos County, following the disappearance of Governor Alfred Mutua.
Residents of Machakos County expressed concern over the whereabouts of their Governor after missing in action for more than two weeks.