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DP Gachagua takes strong stand against illegal groups in Mt Kenya

By Mercy Simiyu December 7th, 2023 2 min read

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has issued a resolute directive to national administration officers in Mt Kenya to tackle illegal groups and emerging criminal sects firmly, assuring that such entities will not be tolerated in the region.

Speaking at the burial ceremony of Mama Mercy Wairimu Kinyua, the mother of Peter Weru, former Mathira Member of Parliament and current Chairman of the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO), DP Gachagua emphasized the importance of upholding the rule of law in the country.

“This is a country of the rule of law. We will not allow criminal gangs to click back and destabilize this region. I have issued the County Commanders with clear instructions to protect people’s businesses and ensure that no business is destabilized by those criminals,” stated Mr. Gachagua.

The Deputy President underscored that the Ruto administration is committed to safeguarding businesses and the lives of Kenyans from criminal sects. He questioned the need for businesses to hire private protection when there is an entire administration in place for such purposes.

“Why should a supermarket owner hire people to protect their business when we have a whole administration in place? Why should the youth organize themselves and start collecting money from matatu operators?” questioned DP Gachagua.

Assuring residents of Central Kenya, Mr Gachagua urged them not to be fearful, assuring that the government is in control and will effectively address the issue.

Members of Parliament from the region had raised concerns about the resurgence of illegal groups, causing fear among women.

The Deputy President criticized leaders associated with such sects, urging them to distance themselves from criminal activities such as killings, female circumcision, and defilement of young children.

In the ongoing fight against drug abuse, DP Gachagua commended the local administration for their efforts in containing the sale and distribution of illicit brew.

He expressed satisfaction with the progress made, stating that 70% of the issue has been contained.

On the economic front, Mr Gachagua announced that the government had allocated Sh500 million to stabilize milk prices during the rainy season, ensuring that farmers do not incur losses due to a milk glut. He also assured the residents of ongoing reforms in the tea and coffee subsectors, promising significant benefits in the near future.

Commiserating with the family of Mama Mercy Wairimu Kinyua, DP Gachagua paid tribute to her as a pillar of hope, resilience, and a staunch Christian who instilled strong Christian foundations in her children.

Various leaders, including Nyeri County Deputy Governor David Kinaniri, Nyeri Woman Rep Rahab Mukami, Nyeri Senator Wahome Wamatinga, and several Members of Parliament and MCAs accompanied the Deputy President.