Gachagua embarks on a three-day tour of the Ruto Rift Valley grasslands

Vice President Rigathi Gachagua will begin a two-day tour of the Rift Valley region today, amid speculation of a strained relationship with President William Ruto.

According to a tentative schedule, Gachagua will address a public meeting at Silverline in Eldoret this afternoon.

On Saturday, he will be the chief guest at an empowerment program at Seiyo Secondary School in Kipchamo district, Kesses.

This event will feature several elected leaders and cabinet secretaries, with succession policies and revenue sharing formulas expected to dominate discussions.

Gachagua has been an advocate of the one-man-one-shilling principle.

Before the empowerment event, Gachagua will attend the ordination ceremony of the newly appointed auxiliary bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret, John Lelei.

The event will take place on the grounds of the Mother of the Apostles Seminary.

On Sunday, the vice president will preside over an interfaith church service at Matharu Primary School in Kesses and then address residents, where he will reaffirm his support for President Ruto and Kenya’s Kwanza agenda.

The visit will come as Ruto is expected to return to the country after successfully concluding his state visit to the United States.

Gachagua, who spearheads the one-man-one-shilling sharing formula, has been in the eye of the storm and a cross-section of leaders have come out to strongly oppose it.

Advocates for greater resources for populated regions.

“The impetus for this formula is not only due to the high population of our region, but because it is the right thing to do. “We are committed to ensuring equity in the distribution of national income,” he said at an event in Kiambu.

Uasin Gishu Governor Jonathan Chelilim, in whose county the DP will be held, is the latest to dismiss the talk as “not working”.

“We don’t want to get into that kind of politics, but we believe in our shareable income to be able to satisfy our people and provide them with enough services,” he said.

Leaders from arid and semi-arid regions have also weighed in on the issue, calling it regressive.

Addressing the press in Nairobi, the leaders lashed out at Gachagua for allegedly pushing for it, arguing that this would further marginalize northern Kenya and pastoral areas.

“We reject the mantra of one man, one vote, one shilling, we are not promoters of the same and if that has to exist, then this team believes in one man, one mile, one shilling,” said former Tiaty MP Asman Kamama .

Tana River Senator Danson Mungatana also criticized Gachagua, saying the move will affect his presidential ambitions.

During the DP’s tour of the region, attention will focus on whether he will reaffirm his position or change his tune.

Gachagua reemerged last Sunday after a seven-day absence from the spotlight due to what many attribute to “infighting.”

He did not appear during the national tree planting program even though the program indicated that he was to chair the exercise in Bomet.

“There has been a lot of talk about politics here. I will not say anything because as vice president I decided to talk less and work more,” he said at a church service in Kieni West, Nyeri.

While attending his former teacher’s funeral, the PD told mourners that he had taken time to pray and fast.

“I had taken seven days to pray and fast, to reflect and meditate in the heart of Mount Kenya. forest,” he said.

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