Gachagua, Arati differ in Kisii over state jobs

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Kisii Governor Simba Arati on Friday disagreed over who President William Ruto should give state jobs to.

Speaking at a rally in Kisii County, DP Gachagua asked the residents if the president should give former Kitutu Chache North MP Jimmy Angwenyi a job.

“And this our elder Jimmy Angwenyi, should we help him to stop him from putting sufuria on his head. He is elderly and respectable. How many are saying the president should help him?” he asked the crowd.

However, Arati spoke against the idea, stating that retired leaders from the region, including Angwenyi, are elderly and should be allowed to retire. He urged Ruto to appoint young people to state jobs.

“I speak for the Kisii and I want to say that Ongwae and Mzee Jimmy have been around for a while and we have young people. We are ready to give the elderly something small for medication, but when it comes to work that you want to be done for five years, give the youth,” Arati said.

The governor added that once he finishes his two terms as governor, he will either seek the country’s top seat or retire.

Ongwae is one of the leaders who supported the Azimio side but has since changed sides and backed President Ruto.

Meanwhile, Arati called on President Ruto to concentrate on developing the country and not to be distracted by the recent demonstrations staged by the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition.

Arati urged Ruto to look at the protests from a distance since he is already the President.

“You are now the President and you should feel at home. When people engage in a demonstration down here, just look from afar because you are already up there,” Arati stated.

The governor’s remarks came minutes after Ruto and his allies criticized Raila Odinga over the protests against the government during a rally in Kitutu Chache, Kisii County.

Ruto had dared Raila to face him and not interrupt Kenyans from operating their businesses with the demonstrations.

However, Arati urged Ruto not to appoint former allies of Raila, such as his predecessor James Ongwae, stating that the majority of them were old. He encouraged Ruto to appoint young people to state jobs once he completes his two terms as governor.

“I want to say that there are old people here such as Ongwae and Jimmy. We have young people here to do your job. We are ready to give these old people some money to take care of themselves but when it comes to working, just give it to the young people,” Arati stated.

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