Deputy President William Ruto on Sunday, May 15, announced Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua as his running mate in the upcoming August 9 polls.
In a media press briefing at the Karen residence, Ruto stated that he had considered the political skills and ability to deal with the economic and capacity in making the decision.
He hailed Gachagua as a skilled debater and talented political operative who had risen from junior ranks to become the most suited to become deputy president in a Kenya Kwanza government.
The decision comes after an intense day of negotiations that saw Rigathi compete with Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki.
“We had a 17-hour marathon meeting, where we had the opportunity to interrogate many issues that are of concern and that are in the frame and context of Kenya Kwanza.”
“It is about the people and the people issues, particularly the economy. As you are aware we have in the last several weeks admitted new members and they have come with new insights,” he stated.
Ruto also commended other potential running mates who he described as formidable candidates who missed the seat by a whisker.
They included Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, Kandara MP Alice Wahome, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, and Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki.
More to follow.