By Wanja Waweru
In response to a growing pattern of state officials clarifying his statements about the current state of affairs in the public, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has broken his quiet.
On Sunday, October 9, the nation’s second in command claimed that Kenya is in a terrible economic situation and that government officials shouldn’t deceive Kenyans during.
He was speaking during a thanksgiving service in Uasin Gishu.
Gachagua pledged to keep informing the people the truth about the status quo.
He was defending his speech that he made during the inauguration of President William Ruto at Kasarani stadium last month.
He said: “Tunataka kuambia wale watu walikua kwa serikali ya Uhuru Kenyatta, tumekubali kukaa na nyinyi lakini mbadilike mkubali mambo ya ukweli. Sasa walikua wanataka nisimame pale niseme mambo ni mazuri? Wale ambo wako na shida na ukweli mzoee naibu raise wenu.”
“Sasa hawa wafanya kazi wa serikali wanataka kupingana na sisi. Sisi tukisema shirika limeanguka na kila mtu anajua limeanguka na tunatoa sababu wewe unasema hiyo sababu si ya ukweli na wewe ndio chairman si utuambie imeanguka kwa nini.”
The remarks come days after Kenya Airways Chairman Michael Joseph dismissed Gachagua’s claims linking the airline’s losses to ‘state capture’.
“We have had discussions with Kenya Airways and they have the highest fares on the continent and their planes are always full but they make losses. We are trying to deal with that State capture so that we can bring down the cost of the operations of the airline so that they can make profits,” Gachagua said.