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DP Gachagua faces serious allegations of constitutional violations

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission has been asked to take action against DP Gachagua

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua
  • Nairobi politician Fwamba NC Fwamba demands action against Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua
  • Fwamba accuses Gachagua of propagating ethnic hate and violating the Kenyan Constitution
  • The letter calls for the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to take specific actions in response to these allegations

Nairobi politician Fwamba NC Fwamba has formally demanded immediate action against Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.

In a letter to Chairman of the National Cohesion & Integration Commission Samuel Kobia dated June 17, 2024, Fwamba accuses the deputy president of propagating ethnic hate and violating the Kenyan Constitution.

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The letter highlights several grave accusations against Deputy President Gachagua, asserting that his public statements and actions have been divisive and detrimental to national unity.

The allegations are grounded on the constitutional mandate that requires the presidency to symbolise national unity and respect for the diversity of Kenya’s people and communities.

According to the letter, the deputy president’s conduct has contravened these principles, posing a significant threat to national cohesion.

The DP has been accused of advocating for a governance model that mirrors private sector shareholding, prioritising certain ethnic groups for state resource allocations and public appointments.

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This approach is deemed a violation of Article 27 of the Constitution, which guarantees equality and freedom from discrimination.

On August 26, 2023, during a church service in Bungoma, Gachagua allegedly declared that Western Kenya had received its fair share of state positions and should not expect further appointments.

This statement has been viewed as fostering resentment and division among Kenyans.

Rigathi was also accused of engaged in a campaign to discredit leaders from non-Mt Kenya ethnicities.

The deputy president’s support for the "One Man: One Vote: One Shilling" policy is has been criticised for disproportionately favoring populous regions at the expense of marginalized areas.

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The letter asserts that Gachagua's conduct is not only a breach of his constitutional duties but also constitutes incitement to ethnic hatred, which is punishable under Kenyan law.

His actions are described as politically impeachable and morally reprehensible, eroding public trust in the presidency and destabilizing the nation.

In light of these allegations, the letter wants the National Cohesion and Integration Commission take the following actions:

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  1. Summon Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua to record a statement regarding the allegations.
  2. Initiate a thorough investigation into Gachagua’s conduct to determine the extent of his violations and recommend appropriate sanctions.
  3. Publicly condemn any actions or statements by Gachagua that are found to violate the Constitution and principles of national cohesion.

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