In an unexpected turn of events, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has reached out to former President Uhuru Kenyatta for a political ‘handshake’ despite disparaging him and vowed to deal with him firmly after taking office in 2022.
This comes as a revolt against Gachagua and President William Ruto looms in Mt. Kenya over unfulfilled promises.
In an interview, the DP stated that he will soon begin negotiations with the retired president in order to “foster unity and collaboration within the Mount Kenya region.”
The DP also encouraged Central Kenya leaders to put their differences aside and honour the former Head of State.
“As leaders of Mt Kenya, we have agreed not to fight retired President Uhuru Kenyatta.” I intend to have discussions with him. “I’ve ordered everyone to respect him, and he’s doing his best to keep the peace,” stated the DP.
Gachagua’s idea of a reconciliation with his former boss represents a dramatic shift in the country’s political dynamics.
It comes just a day after President William Ruto demoted Gachagua and promoted Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi in the most recent Cabinet change.
Analysts believe Mudavadi is the Head of State’s blue-eyed boy, possibly at the expense of the DP.