Leaking rooftop, faulty toilets – Gachagua on why he didn’t move to DP’s official residence
On Friday, March 17, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua stated that he had not yet moved into his official home in Karen because it required extensive renovations.
Gachagua claimed that the toilets were not functioning, and that the residence’s roof was leaking during a joint media appearance with Gikuyu stations.
“The official residence of the Deputy President was in a bad shape when I became Deputy President. The rooftop was leaking, toilets not working, the borehole pump was broken down, and the house was totally in a bad shape,” he stated.
The DP said the office had been denied funds by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s regime.
The DP claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration had withheld funding from the agency.
On Sunday, March 12, Gachagua stated during a joint media interview with prominent television stations that Ruto needed to use his money to operate his office.
When the then-DP was traveling, he claimed, he would directly pay the staff’s lodging, fuel, and electricity bills.
Former Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani last week said Gachagua’s office demanded Ksh1.5 billion days after the 2022 elections which the DP said was rightfully belonged to his office.
“They said that all the money that had been withheld should be paid. The amount disbursed by the Treasury was a computation of the money that had not been paid.
“My office did not ask for any money, it just received allocation because it is a public office, the amount mentioned was deducted when President was still the Deputy President,” he said.