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Gachagua’s fresh warning to Sakaja ahead of 2027 polls

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has warned the Nairobi governor to keep the interests of the Mount Kenya business community at the forefront if he hopes to harness the kikuyu votes during the 2027 general elections.

The DP specifically told Sakaja to “remain careful with the Nairobi Business Community (NBC) and they will be careful with you”

He further suggested that he was preparing to make a big declaration ahead of the polls.

While attending the burial ceremony of the late Joseph Muiga who is father to Embakasi Central MP Mr Benjamin Gathiru popularly known as Major Donk, the second in command told Mr Sakaja to take him seriously.

“As I told you, the people of this region voted for you to a man. These are good people. Remain close to them and mind their interests and their businesses. If there are any changes in Nairobi before you implement them, consult and agree with them,” he said.

He reminded Sakaja that “these people helped President William Ruto and you win and if you retain your covenant with them, they will renew it”.

He said: “Mt Kenya people are the least complicated people to live with since they like you they will openly show it and they dislike you, they will not pretend otherwise”.

He urged Mr Sakaja to ensure “when they are crying you are with them and when they are in happiness you make merry with them”.

He told the county boss that “your presence here to cry with them as they mourn major Donk’s departed father is a plus for you and so far so good”.

He said “the only red line that you should never cross is that of compromising the wellness of their businesses and should you take good care of them they will have no issues with you”.

The DP and Sakaja have publicly differed before on the subject of Mount Kenya’s interests.

In a particular incident the DP warned Sakaja against transferring the drop-off and pick up points of public service vehicles (PSV) from Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD) as “this would hurt Mount Kenya businesses”.

The DP has in the past also claimed he is the one that rallied the Mount Kenya region to vote for Sakaja as Nairobi Governor during the 2022 polls.

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