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    He was born in 1965 in Hiriga village, Mathira Constituency, Nyeri County, as the eighth child of Nahashon Gachagua Reriani and Martha Kirigo.


    From 1971 to 1977, he attended Kabiruini Primary School before moving on to Kianyaga High School for his O-levels and A-levels. He enrolled at the University of Nairobi in 1985 and graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Literature.


    Gachagua worked briefly for Kenya’s Ministry of Home Affairs and National Heritage after graduation before joining the Administration Police Institute in 1990. After graduating from the Administration Police Institute, Gachagua worked as a District Officer Cadet in the Office of then-President Daniel Arap Moi between 1991 and 1992.

    Gachagua then worked as a District Officer at Kakamega, Ng’arua, and Laikipia. He attended Kenya School of Government between 1999 and 2000, graduating with an Advanced Diploma in Public Administration. Gachagua later served as the Personal Assistant to Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s fourth President, from 2001 until 2006.

    Between 2007 and 2017, Gachagua managed his businesses behind the scenes.

    Gachagua was elected as a member of parliament for the Mathira seat in the 2017 election.

    Gachagua became Kenya’s Deputy President in September 2022 after being selected as the running mate to UDA presidential candidate Hon Ruto by the Kenya Kwanza political alliance.


    Pastor Dorcas Wanjiku Rigathi, a former banker who is now a pastor in Mathira, is Rigathi Gachagua’s wife.

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