Gachagua's Diary: DP's week of numerous meetings

The DP had back-to-back engagements in Nairobi and Mombasa.

In Summary
  • The DP held talks with the CS for Labour on the distribution mechanism for the special fund for coffee farmers.
  • Gachagua had a couple of engagements in Mombasa as well where he opened conferences.
Deputy president Rigathi Gachagua speaking during the full gospel church funds drive in Kianjokoma on Sunday.
Deputy president Rigathi Gachagua speaking during the full gospel church funds drive in Kianjokoma on Sunday.
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Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua started the week with a church service in his Mt Kenya backyard.

On Sunday, Gachagua joined Embu leaders for a thanksgiving service at the Full Gospel Churches of Kenya, Kianjokoma.

"Communities living together in harmony as taught by the church build towards Kenya being an island of peace. I encouraged the church to remain steadfast in community and national interests for the good of our people and nation," he said.

On Monday, Gachagua joined President Ruto for the national tree-planting exercise in Makueni County.

"This is a step to a greater Kenya, to the best World we all live in and love, to give to our future generation safely. We have begun the journey, and we shall get there through our strategic decisions," he said.

On Tuesday, the DP started the day with an event at his residence where he had an engagement with the Cabinet Secretary for Cooperatives and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Development Simon Chelugui.

Present were key stakeholders in the Coffee sub-sector as the government finalises the modalities for the distribution of the Coffee Cherry Advance Revolving Fund.

The Government has allocated Sh4 billion on top of Sh2.7 billion earlier set aside to boost the Fund.

"The sweet aroma must be back to our coffee the way it was back in the 1970s and 1980s when coffee was the nation's leading foreign exchange earner," Gachagua said.

Gachagua then moved to State House where he joined the president during the reception of Romania president Klaus Iohannis.

Gachagua then flew to Mombasa to attend the Second Supply Chain Dialogue organised by the Kenya Institute of Supply Management at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort.

He said the meeting was an opportunity to discuss crosscutting issues towards strengthening the profession support delivery of the Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda.

''The Ruto Administration is keen on ensuring fair access to tenders as part of promoting socio-economic development from the bottom of the pyramid,'' he said.

On Wednesday, the DP started the day with the opening of the 30th Institution of Engineers of Kenya Convention and the 18th General Assembly of the World Council of Engineers at Pride In Beach Resort in Mombasa.

He said the conference triggered a conversation about the importance of rethinking engineering in driving sustainable development.

"Engineering is an important profession, and we are ready to work with the regulatory agencies to weed out quacks who are damaging the reputation of Engineering," he said in Mombasa.

Before departing to Nairobi, at the Official Residence in Mombasa, Gachagua hosted the family of the late musician Ali Mwakaribu Ally B.

Gachagua told the family that the president had sent his condolences and that they would work with them during the moment of grief.

"The Creative Arts industry is central to the Ruto Administration as we seek to develop potential talent, not only for entertainment and educating but also as a source of a dignified life for the artists and their families," he said.

In Nairobi, Gachagua later held talks with the Netherlands Ambassador to Kenya, Maarten Brouwer, who is also the Co-Chair of the Donors Forum.

Present during the meeting at Gachagua's official Karen Residence, was the Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury Njuguna Ndungu.

They delved into the effective utilisation of partner funds.

"My Office is working around the clock to facilitate a smooth implementation of projects for impact," the DP said.

On the same day, accompanied by his spouse Dorcas Rigathi, he presided over the opening of Questa Care Limited pharmaceutical factory in the Industrial Area, Nairobi.

"With the Private Sector, we will build a healthy nation together," he said.

On Thursday the DP joined President Ruto at the State House where the taskforce on police reforms handed over its report.

Gachagua said the government remains committed to improving the terms of service for the men and women in uniform.

He said the report by the David Maraga-led team will be helpful in the quest to transform the Police Service.

''I was glad to join the President as he received the report by the Taskforce chaired by former Chief Justice David Maraga,'' Gachagua said.

He and the president had earlier attended the retreat for the top members of the national executive.

On the same day, Gachagua joined Ruto for a consultative meeting with the World Bank Country Director for Kenya Keith E. Hansen at State House.

On Friday, Gachagua attended a retreat for the executive at the Edge Convention Centre in South C which was president over by the president.

The two-day workshop was attended by the Cabinet Secretaries, their principal secretaries and high-ranking government officials.

The DP said that for the successful implementation of the government's agenda, it demands frequent consultations to update top government officers on what has been achieved and the ground needed to be covered.

''The Pit-Stop approach to governance requires all of us to operate at our optimum levels for quicker delivery of services and implementation of projects,'' the DP said.

"Enhanced teamwork will ensure we realise our objectives geared towards improving the lives of our people."

The National Executive Retreat sought to assess the Government’s Work-In-Progress.

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