‘I am not someone you can threaten’ – Sudi tells Gachagua

Written by on 27 May 2024

The war of words between Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua is escalating, pointing out a fallout within the Kenya Kwanza administration.

Speaking on Sunday, May 26, 2024, at AIC Kipkorgot Church, Kapsoya Ward, Ainabkoi Constituency, Sudi warned that he could not be cowed by the second in command.

This follows sentiments by Gachagua on Saturday in which he warned leaders from Rift Valley, including Sudi, against meddling with Mt Kenya politics.

Sasa iko watu engine mumeshikana hapa Rift Valley na vijana engine huko kwetu ati mnapanga siasa ya 2032, nyinyi mnataka kumridhi rais William Ruto akiwa hai? Sasa hii upuzi ya 2032 ni ya nini? Can we focus? So the problem Senator Mandago, is a few leaders of this region who have proximity to the president. Mnakoroga siasa ya huko kwetu, kudanganya watu ati waanze kupanga mambo ya 2032,” Gachagua said.

DP Gachagua at a past event. PHOTO/@rigathi/X

According to Gachagua, every leader should focus on the politics of their region and avoid plotting on the politics of other regions.

Naomba watu wa Bonde la ufa tafadhali sisi tuliunga rais mkono kwa hiari yetu na kupenda, na tunaendelea kumuunga mkono, tunaomba heshima kidogo, msijaribu kutupangia siasa ya mlima Kenya na uongozi wa Mlima Kenya, nyinyi mpange siasa yenu na uongozi wenu. Siku William Ruto atastaafu after 10 years sisi hatutaingilia vile mnataka kupanga, nyinyi mtapanga wenyewe. Siasa ya huko kwetu hamuezani nayo, ni ngumu sana. The politics of the mountain is so complicated it can only be understood by the mountaineers,” Gachagua added.

Sudi responds to Gachagua

In response, Sudi told Gachagua that he cannot control where he goes or how he handles his political affairs.

“You cannot control where I go. If we all stayed in our respective constituencies then we could not be in government. We had to fly all over the country to ask Kenyans to elect this government. I am not someone you can threaten. I have been threatened enough and this does not move me,” Sudi, a close ally of President William Ruto, told Gachagua. 

Sudi said he would not cease holding fundraisers anywhere in the country, a thing he says he inherited from President William Ruto.

“You know I got this thing from Ruto. He passed it to me because now he is concentrating on national matters. So I have to continue doing this in any part of the country,” Sudi added.

The bitter exchange comes even as reports of emerging cracks within the government between one faction led by President William Ruto and another led by Gachagua.

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