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DP Gachagua Gets Resignation Request as Tension Mounts

Roba dared DP Gachagua to resign, saying that the office of the deputy president demands that he acts in the overall interest of the nation.

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Former Mandera governor Ali Roba has raised concerns about Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s recent remarks regarding the controversial “one-man, one-vote, one-shilling” proposal put forth by politicians from the Mt. Kenya region.

According to reports verified by Mambo Mseto, Roba boldly challenged DP Gachagua to consider resigning, emphasizing that the role of the Deputy President extends beyond regional representation. Instead, it demands a commitment to national governance and the overall welfare of the country. Roba cautioned that prioritizing regional interests could undermine the unity of the nation and set a dangerous precedent.

DP. Gachagua gestures during a past media presser

DP. Gachagua gestures during a past media presser

The proposal itself aims to address resource allocation disparities. Under this system, areas with larger populations would receive a greater share of the national resources, while less-populated regions would receive less. DP Gachagua staunchly supports this approach, arguing that resources should be distributed based on the number of taxpayers. In his view, more taxpayers contribute more to the national coffers, and therefore, they should benefit proportionally.

However, Roba highlights the potential risks associated with such an approach. He warns that perceived bias and inequality in resource distribution can lead to political instability, fuel discontent, and discourage investment, ultimately hindering economic growth. While advocating for one’s region is essential, leaders in high office must strike a balance to avoid role confusion and maintain national cohesion.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua. PHOTO: Nation

These debates have intensified in recent days, with prominent figures like Ruto’s advisor David Ndii, Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru, and Public Service Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria opposing the view. They argue that regions like the Coast contribute significantly more taxable revenue to the state than the populous Mt. Kenya region.

In a final admonition, Roba reminds Deputy President Gachagua that he now holds the second-highest position in the Republic of Kenya, no longer merely representing a single constituency. If Gachagua misses his former role as an MP, Roba suggests that he consider resigning and returning to that position.

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