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Ruto to attend Gachagua brother's burial in first Nyeri tour as President

The Tuesday visit will the President's first to Nyeri county since his election.

In Summary

• The deceased, 71, is Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua's elder brother.

• The DP said in a statement last week that his brother’s death has left him shattered.

President William Ruto consoles Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua during the burial of the DP's brother James Reriani in Hiriga village, Mathira constituency, on May 17.
CONDOLENCES: President William Ruto consoles Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua during the burial of the DP's brother James Reriani in Hiriga village, Mathira constituency, on May 17.
Image: DPPS

President William Ruto will on Tuesday be in Nyeri county for the burial service of Jackson Reriani Gachagua, the elder brother of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.

This will be the first time Ruto will be visiting Nyeri county since he was elected President.

The deceased, 71, is Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua's elder brother.

The DP said in a statement last week that his brother’s death has left him shattered.

"The news of your passing hit me hard. I now remain alone among the sons of Kirigo,” Rigathi said in a statement on his official Facebook page.

Gachagua has lost two brothers in a span of five years; former Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua in February 2017 and James Reriani in May 2022.

The burial service for Jackson will take place at Hiriga Primary School in Mathira constituency, Gachagua's home turf.

Nyeri governor Mutahi Kahiga, his deputy David Kinaniri and other leaders on Sunday visited the family at their Mathira home to condole with them. 

“The late was a father figure to the larger Gachagua family, a generous and kind man who also paid school fees for the Deputy President,” Kahiga said.

He confirmed via a Facebook post that the burial will take place on Tuesday at his Hiriga home, Mathira constituency.

UDA Legal secretary and Gatanga MP Edward Muriu confirmed to Star that most of the Kenya Kwanza leaders are expected to attend the burial.

Muriu said this will be part of moral support from the team to the DP during the hard time the family is facing.

"I can’t talk on behalf of President Ruto now but what I know is that the Kenya Kwanza team will be there to offer support to our Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua,” he said.

Muriu said that it’s the culture of leaders to support one of their own during trying momemnts.

Among the leaders expected to accompany the President include Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetangula (national Assembly speaker), Prof Kithure Kindiki (Interior CS nominee), Kipchumba Murkomen (nominee, Transport and Roads CS), and Moses Kuria (nominee, Trade CS).

Others are MPs Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu, Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu) and governors Kimani Wamatangi (Kiambu), Ann Waiguru (Kirinyaga), and Irungu Kanga’ta (Murang’a).


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