DP Gachagua's diary of El Nino response meetings

The DP ended the week by gracing a high-profile cross country run in Eldoret.

In Summary
  • The DP had a packed week attending several meetings to plan on government response to El Nino.
  • He had last week represented the President at the AU Committee of Ten Summit for reforms of the United Nations Security Council in Equatorial Guinea.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua
Image: DPCS

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua had a busy week, chairing special committees for El Nino response and attending State House meetings.

Gachagua arrived in the country on Sunday morning after attending the African Union Committee of Ten Summit for reforms of the United Nations Security Council in Equatorial Guinea.

''It is great to be back home after a robust engagement. Kenya remains in solidarity and friendship with our Sister Nations in Africa on this critical agenda of reforming the UNSC," Gachagua said after landing in the country.

He started the week by attending Monday's cabinet meeting chaired by the President at the State House.

Gachagua later that day made an impromptu visit to the UDA headquarters to assess preparations for the party's primaries scheduled for 2024.

''The party is set for elections as envisaged. I commend the Secretariat for the great work they have done towards running the party," he said after meeting staff.

On Tuesday, Gachagua was in Kwale County where he opened the 17th Annual Planners Convention.

He was in the company of Kwale Governor Fatuma Achani, Principal Secretary of State Department for Lands and Physical Planning Nixon Korir, Chairperson of the National Land Commission Gershom Otachi and officials of the Planners' Association.

''As our population grows and as we experience impacts of climate change, we must remain buoyant and resilient in policy and planning trends towards a better future," he said in his speech.

On Wednesday, the DP joined the President when he hosted the newly elected leadership of the African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa (AIPCA.

The meeting at State House, Nairobi was attended by the Supreme Board, led by Presiding Bishop Samson Muthuri, Archbishop Fredrick Wang'ombe, Archbishop David Njuguna and Retired Archbishop Julius Njoroge.

"I congratulate them for a peaceful election and wish them well in leading the People of God," Gachagua said.

The DP started the day by chairing the Ad Hoc Cabinet committee on disaster response to assess the situation and firm up ongoing response activities across the country.

"The government is seized of the situation and will deploy adequate resources to ensure the safety of Kenyans and return to normalcy in affected areas as fast as possible," he said at his Harambee Annex office.

On Thursday evening, Gachagua attended the launch of Kikuyu musician Samidoh's foundation.

The DP hailed Samidoh, known as Samuel Muchoki as a focused musician with the heart of helping the vulnerable, the youth and in particular, the boy child.

"Giving back to Society is a mark of honour and the right thing to do," he said during the event at the Parklands sports club.

Gachagua announced that the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Youth and Arts Ababu Namwamba had extended his support for Samidoh.

He said the CS had established strategic supportive structures for the Nation to harvest big from the creative industry.

Early on Thursday, the DP chaired the Ad hoc Cabinet committee on disaster response.

The meeting evaluated ongoing response activities in a bid to ensure faster implementation and reduce the negative effects of the heavy rains.

''We have firmed up our response to the El Niño rains to ensure effectiveness in rolling out mitigation measures across the country," Gachagua said.

On the same day, the DP attended a key event hosted by President William Ruto to honour loyal borrowers from the Hustler Fund.

During the event, the DP said the Hustler Fund has just in one year revolutionised the digital financial space.

He said the fund had enabled over 22 million Kenyans who could not get instant financial assistance to enjoy easy access to these funds through their mobile phones.

"The past 12 months, close to Sh40 billion has been disbursed, enabling millions of hustlers from every sector of the economy to transform their lives in ways never witnessed before," he said at the Green Par, Railways Club, Nairobi.

On Friday, Gachagua hosted a working lunch meeting with the Chinese Communist Party delegation led by Mao Dingzi and Members of the Ministerial Board of the Organisation.

Also present was the department of the CPC Central Committee (ODCPC) and the Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Zhou Pingjian.

During the meeting at the DP's official residence in Karen, they discussed areas of cooperation between the CPC and the United Democratic Alliance(UDA) party.

The meeting was also attended by UDA Party Secretary General Cleophas Malala and Executive Director Nicodemus Bore.

Later in the evening, the DP flew to Eldoret to grace the Chepsaita Cross Country run scheduled for Saturday.

On Friday evening, the DP spent time with leaders from Rift Valley as they enjoyed a bonfire at the Eldoret Sports Club.

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