Kenya's deputy president approves of nickname

"Riggy G is melodious," he said.

In Summary

• His combative campaigning style, which critics had said was a liability, proved to be an asset.

• His fashion sense has also been the butt of jokes, but he promised Kenyans that they'll notice changes to his sartorial choices in three months' time.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.
Image: DPPS

Rigathi Gachagua, the newly elected deputy president of Kenya, has embraced a nickname given to him by young Kenyans.

"Riggy G is melodious," he said at a primary schools music festival being held in the western county of Kisumu.

The 56-year-old was President William Ruto's running mate in the 9 August election.

His combative campaigning style, which critics had said was a liability, proved to be an asset.

His fashion sense has also been the butt of jokes, but he promised Kenyans that they'll notice changes to his sartorial choices in three months' time.

Many have been wondering if the sunglasses he wore on Friday are part of the makeover.

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