Watch: Gachagua take a jibe at Raila’s walking pace
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on Wednesday praised his boss, President William Ruto, for being as fit as fiddle, unlike his political rival Raila Odinga.
The DP made the remarks during the 58th pass-out parade for Administration Police at the Embakasi campus A at National Police College in Embakasi, Nairobi, were President Ruto presided over the ceremony where some 1,995 fresh officers graduated from the Administration Police training college.
Mr Gachagua said he was on the same ground as a graduate 32 years ago and was feeling nostalgic.
“My presence is a nostalgic one, 32 years ago I was in this parade ground, during our time the training was professional and vigorous, and the standards have even gone higher,” he said
He praised his boss for his quick pace while inspecting the parade, as he wondered what would have happened if it was Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition leader Mr Odinga doing the same.
“I watched President Ruto inspect the pass-out parade in quick time and wondered what would have been the future of our parades if things had gone the other way,” Mr Gachagua said.
This was second pass-out parade that the president was presiding within a space of two days. On Tuesday President Ruto presided over the pass-out parade of police officers in Kiganjo.
On Thursday, the president will again preside over the pass-out parade of General Service Unit officers in Embakasi, Nairobi.
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Mr Odinga turned 78 this week while President Ruto turned 56 last month.
Despite his age, the former Prime Minister has been hitting the gym for years now. The last time he was spotted working out was in July 2022.
“In the morning I do half an hour and an hour in the evening. In the morning I do light exercises to help with my circulation. In the evening I cycle, lift weights and sometimes do aerobics,” Mr Odinga said last year.