A day after he caused an angry furore for saying their supporters would benefit first, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has beat a hasty retreat.
Speaking on Monday, Gachagua said Kenya Kwanza administration’s was for inclusivity saying no part of the country will be left behind in development.
He spoke at Harambee House Annex when he hosted leaders from Kisii and Nyamira Counties for consultations on the regions’ development agenda.
The DP said they will always strive to work with all leaders no matter their political affiliations.
On Sunday Gachagua caused a storm after he described the government as company with majority and minority shareholders and even non-shareholders.
He said Kenya Kwanza supporters would be the first to benefit from government goodies and that others must wait at the end of the queue.
The statement caused a barrage of criticism with many saying his sentiments were out of line since all Kenyans paid taxes thay sustain the government.
Gachagua said the government is only interested in equitable development, promising the leaders their commitment to ensure the region gets a deserving share of national resources.
“President William Ruto has opened the door for those ready to work with his administration because his sole interest is to ensure development in every part of the country,” the DP said.
The leaders pledged their support for the administration saying different political associations will not stop them from working with the government.
Present were Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu, National Assembly Majority Whip Sylvanus Osoro, MPs Innocent Obiri (Bobasi, Wiper) and Steve Mogaka (West Mugirango, Jubilee).
Others were Patrick Osero (Borabu, ODM), Charles Onchoke (Bonchari, UPA), Daniel Manduku (Nyaribari Masaba, ODM), Anthony Kibagendi (Kitutu Chache South) and Jerusha Momanyi (Nyamira County MP, Jubilee).
Doris Donya (Kisii County MP, Wiper), Alfa Miruka (Bomachoge Chache, UDA), Japhet Nyakundi (Kitutu Chache North, UDA), Joash Nyamoko (North Mugirango, UDA) Essy Okenyuri (Nominated Senator, UDA) and Gloria Orwoba (Nominated Senator, UDA) were also present.