Geoffrey Rigathi Gachagua (born 1965) is a Kenyan politician and has been the current Vice President of Kenya since September 2022. He is currently the 12th Vice President of Kenya. Picking out previously held the position of Assistant Secretary to the Ministry of Interior and national heritage. He also served as Personal assistant to Head of Civil Service, Personal Assistant at Uhuru Kenyattawho was then Minister of Local Administration, and as district officer.
Biography of Rigathi Gachagua
Geoffrey Rigathi Gachagua
Village of Hiriga, Kenya
Vice President of Kenya
United Democratic Alliance (UDA)
Dorcas Wanjiku Gachagua (m.1989)
Youth and education
Rigathi Gachagua was born in 1965 in Hiriga village, Mathira Constituency, County of Nyeri. He was the 8th born in the family of Mr Nashashon Gachagua Reriani and Mrs. Martha Kirigo. His parents were Mau Mau freedom fighters in Mount Kenya Forest.
He went to Kabiruini Primary School from 1971 to 1977 and carried out Kianyaga High School for its O and A levels.
Gachagua got a Bachelor of Arts in Political science and Literature to University of Nairobi between 1985 and 1988. He served as the leader of the Nyeri District University Students’ Association (Ndusa). He was also president of the Association of Literature Students while at the University of Nairobi.
Gachagua worked in Kenya Ministry of Interior and National Heritage for a short period of time and then joined the Administrative Police Institute in 1990. He was assigned to the office of the then President Daniel Arap Meafter graduating from Administrative Police Institute like a District Officer Cadet between 1991 and 1992.
He also served as District Officer in Kakamega, Ng’arua and Laikipia Districts. He went to the Kenya School of Government between 1999 and 2000, where he obtained an advanced degree in public administration. From 2001 to 2006, he worked as a personal assistant to Uhuru Kenyatta, the fourth President of the Republic of Kenya. Gachagua remained behind the scenes, running businesses between 2007 and 2017.
Gachagua won the election as deputy of the Mathira Constituency in 2017. On May 15, 2022, he was the United Democratic Alliance Vice Presidential Nominee, Hon. Guillaume Ruto, under the Kenya First Policy coalition.
Gachagua has an ongoing lawsuit regarding alleged cases of embezzlement of public funds.
On July 28, 2022, the Kenyan court ordered Rigathi Gachagua to reimburse KSh. 202 million ($1.7 million), after the court found he misappropriated the money.
Gachagua was President William Ruto’s running mate in the 2022 Kenyan general election under the United Democratic Alliance party, they won with over 50% of the valid votes which made him the current Vice President of Kenya .
Gachagua married Pastoresse Dorcas Wanjiku Gachagua in 1989. They met during a visit by the then president Daniel Arap Me at the University of Nairobi. They have two sons, Engineer Kevin and doctor Keith.
Rigathi Gachagua declared his net worth during the VP debate and it was estimated at Sh800 million ($7 million).
social media handle
- Instagram @rigathi_gachagua
- Twitter @rigathi