Gachagua Reshuffles Kericho Leadership After Ruto Shames MCAs

The changes came after a five-hour intense meeting chaired by DP Gachagua at his office in Nairobi.

Gachagua Reshuffles Kericho Leadership After Ruto Shames MCAs
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua during a consultative meeting with the leadership of Kericho County on January 19, 2023. /FACEBOOK.RIGATHI GACHAGUA

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua made sweeping changes to the Kericho County Assembly's United Democratic Alliance (UDA) leadership on Thursday, January 19, days after duelling Members of County Assembly (MCAs) drew the wrath of President William Ruto.

In the changes, Philip Rono, who was the Kamasian Ward representative, was reinstated as the Majority Leader and will be deputized by Francis Chepkorir.

Bavina Serem retained her position as the deputy chief whip while Haroun Rotich of Cheptororiet was announced as Majority Whip in place of Kapsuser MCA Peter Kemboi.

The changes came after a five-hour intense meeting chaired by DP Gachagua at his office in Nairobi. The meeting which was also attended by Kericho Governor Eric Mutai and the assembly leadership list previously submitted by the UDA party was adopted.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua addressing the media on January 19, 2023. /FACEBOOK.RIGATHI GACHAGUA

"All leaders present here today have unanimously agreed they will resolve all the stifling issues and restore peace and normalcy in Kericho," said the DP.

"The issue of leadership has subsequently been resolved to the satisfaction of everyone...the results have also been accepted by all persons."

Gachagua also used the press briefing that followed the meeting to fire a warning shot to the Kericho County Assembly Speaker Patrick Mutai and all the other county assembly speakers that they will be thrown out of their positions if they defy orders by the UDA party.

While noting that the party found that the fights in the Kericho County Assembly were caused by a tussle for leadership, Gachagua urged all UDA elected leaders from across the country to desist from engaging in similar fights.

"I want to tell all UDA members across the country that elections are over and we have a responsibility to the people of Kenya to facilitate development," he said.

UDA Secretary General Veronica Maina stated that the fight was resolved and that the county will focus on service delivery going forward.

Speaking during an Interdenominational church service in Bomet Green Stadium, Bomet County on Sunday, January 15, President Ruto publicly rebuked the actions of the MCAs fighting over what was initially reported to be leadership changes.

"I see that there are still some leaders that are fighting over positions; there's still one looking for this and another looking for that, I want to tell the MCAs of Kericho to stop this foolishness.

"Those games you're continuing to play, we want every elected leader to start sorting out issues affecting Kenyans, not sorting out your own issues to do with position to the point you're wasting the County Assembly's time when you're fighting. Shame on you," he slammed.

Mutai was thereafter summoned by the UDA Disciplinary Committee on Friday, January 20.

"As a member of the party, you are expected to conduct your affairs in a manner that promotes its image, interests, and accords to its values and principles, a duty which you failed to discharge in this instance," the letter addressed to Mutai read in part.

A photo collage of Members of the County Assembly in Kericho in chaos during a special sitting on Friday, January 13, 2023. /NTV