Rumors emerged on Thursday that Kenya Kwanza was planning to replace Rigathi Gachagua because he was unfit for the running mate position.
Sources said that Gachagua is unfamiliar with national politics and does not appeal to Kenyans beyond Mathira, his home constituency, hence the need to replace him.
Some said that Tharaka Nithi senator Kithure Kindiki was a better choice. A statement even emerged claiming that part of the Kenya Kwanza team(Mt. Kenya Parliamentary Caucus) was not satisfied with the choice of Gachagua.
Others claimed that Raila Odinga’s choice of Martha Karua to deputize him is what might have caused the Kenya Kwanza team to go back on the drawing board because Karua appeals more to Kenyans as compared to Gachagua.
Others however decided to dig into the lawmaker’s past flaws, painting a bad picture of him.
“Kenyans deserve to know the whole truth & full disclosure on what Rigathi Gachagua did whilst a DO in Kiambu, Mumias & Molo. There is no time limitation on Murder, Torture, Rape, Theft & Illegal Seizure of property. We can’t close our eyes to History. We can’t gamble with Kenya,” Donald B. Kipkorir claimed..
Kenya Kwanza are yet to issue an official statement about the matter but that has got Azimio la Umoja supporters talking while demanding that the alliance sticks to its choice of a running mate, which utterly means it is an advantage for their team.
Makau Mutua, the spokesperson of Raila’s campaign team said that Kenya Kwanza made a bed and should lie on it while insisting that they can not make the alleged changes.
“SOMEONE please tell UDA and @WilliamsRutothey can’t drop DP nominee Rigathi Gachagua unless he’s physically no more, ineligible, mentally incompetent, or incapacitated. They are STUCK with him. They made the bed, and are now condemned to lie in it — thorns, bugs, and all!” Mutua said on Twitter.
On his side, Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi claimed that Kenya Kwanza is working on a strategy to remove the Mathira MP through courts.
“Dear Gachagua. You FORCED yourself on Ruto. And you ANNOYED many. Strategy is to REMOVE you through the COURTS. Then they will REPLACE you with the RIGHT candidate. A case is already before a COMPETENT judge. Once they SUCCEED, you will have to SIT on a PIN,” Mutahi Ngunyi noted.
“I am sure DP Ruto goes to sleep every night wishing he hadn’t announced Rigathi Gachagua as his Running. He definitely thinks of changing that choice,” Bravin Yuri said.