Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s wife Dorcas Gachagua has been distributing the government’s relief food to hunger-stricken regions.
On Thursday, November 24, Gachagua’s wife distributed relief food to residents of Gatanga in Murang’a County.
As usual, members of the fourth estate were at the site earlier even before the official distribution of food began to capture the arrival of the second lady.
At around noon, a plane carrying Dorcas Gachagua touched down and journalists were up and down to record the event as locals welcomed the second lady.
As things unfolded, unfolded security attached to DP Gachagua’s wife physically assaulted a Muranga-based journalist Mwangi Muiruri.
Muiruri, a Nation correspondent in the county, was roughed up by the guards, with one officer caught on tape slapping him in the face.
The fracas ensued when one officer pulled the journalist back as he tried to record the event with his mobile phone.
From the video, one of the plain-cloth officers could be seen dragging the helpless journalist together with his colleagues before slapping him.
This prompted other journalists to intervene telling the officers that Muiruri was one of them.
Kivumbi.co.ke could not immediately establish what led to the confrontations but it is suspected that Muiruri who had a tag with a labeled lanyard around his neck defied the orders barring him from recording the event.
It is widely reported that the officer had demanded Muiruri stop recording the arrival and distribution exercise done by DP Rigathi Gachagua’s wife at the chief’s camp in the Greystone area.
It is worth noting that this is not the first time the Nation correspondent is crushing shoulders with officers attached to the office of the Deputy President.
In 2021, Muiruri was roughed up by security officers in Kangari, Kigumo, where William Ruto, then a Deputy President, attended a function.