The billionaire politician has gotten the attention of William Ruto due to his financial muscle, loyalty, and ability to attract crowds.
The relationship between Ruto and Rigathi draws back to the 2000s when the latter was President Uhuru’s personal assistant.
When Uhuru parted ways with William Ruto after the 2018 handshake, the MP chose to stick with the Deputy President.
The Mathira MP’s ability to mobilize crowds saw him bag a landslide victory in the 2017 General Election and delivered plenty of votes for Jubilee in the Mt Kenya region.
After joining Ruto’s camp, Rigathi Gachagua made it his personal objective to popularise him in the region. He proved this by delivering two major wins for UDA in the Juja and Kiambaa parliamentary by-elections.
The MPs financial muscle has also enabled him to popularise William Ruto in the region, hence the alliance that has made him be considered as a presidential running mate.
At a rally in Nyeri on Saturday, December 4, William Ruto heaped praise at Gachagua, wondering how he had mobilized such a big crowd.
“I have never seen a meeting this big in Nyeri. Some people had said we would not be allowed to come here but this MP of yours really knows his job,” Ruto said.
There, Ruto gave a strong hint that he would be interested in having the Mathira MP as his running mate in the 2022 polls.
“I want to ask you for one favour, allow Kanda ya Wira (Rigathi Gachagua) Gachagua to accompany me to other parts of the country so that we can be able to win this seat. Free him so that he can engage in national politics,” William Ruto pursued residents.