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DP Rigathi Gachagua dismisses fears of a split in government

Mau Mau war heroine Field Marshal Muthoni Kirima laid to rest at her home in Tetu, Nyeri County.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has dispelled claims of a simmering political rift in President Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza government.

The DP said as the Principal Assistant of the President, he has a responsibility of calling to order, any Government official, if they go wrong.

Last week, Deputy President asked public servants to communicate with Kenyans with respect, empathy and humility

This was after Trade and Investment Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria responded to Kenyans hurting from the high cost of fuel in a way that many considered insensitive and arrogant.

Kuria had told Kenyans agrieved by the high cost of fuel, the highested ever recorded to go dig their own oil wells.

The statement angered Kenyans who called on President Ruto to crack the whip on Kuria while Gachagua also warned him over the crude statement.

Kuria on his part hit back at the DP saying his statement was based on facts but not on “truthful vodoo.”

Gachagua spoke during the burial of Field Marshall Muthoni Kirima – a heroine who was at the forefront during the struggle for independence.

“I made the statement as the Deputy President of Kenya. I was guiding Moses Kuria and other leaders on how to communicate with the people. He had veered off. As a leader, I told him to come back on track,” said Gachagua.

He said there was no way a Deputy President can be at war with the people working under him.

“It is my responsibility to guide and give directions to all leaders in the government who in one way or another may get out of track. Please understand that we are working as one unit led by our president William Ruto. We are together and united; there is no crack in our Government,” he said.

The Deputy President said there will be no changes in the composition of the Cabinet soon.

He warned the few people trying to distabilise the country to stop violence.

“We cannot negotiate with outlawed criminal gangs. They must denounce violence then we can have a discussion,” he said.

The DP was answering Maina Njenga of Azimio Coalition and former leader of outlawed Mungiki criminal gang, who said he was ready for talks with the Government to sort any issues, which are leading to his alleged arrests from time to time.

Responding to opposition leaders on the high cost of living Gachagua said Kenya has little to do with the increased fuel prices but the Ruto Administration is working to improve the situation.

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