August 9

Gachagua: Deep state is now based in Kirinyaga county

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022 09:20 | By
Gachagua: Deep state is now based in Kirinyaga county
Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua addresses journalists at a past event PHOTO/William Ruto/Facebook

Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua and Kenya Kwanza presidential running mate Rigathi Gachagua has once again revived the debate on the deep state.

Speaking at an economic forum at Kamiigua Youth Polytechnic on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, Gachagua said deep state was located in Kirinyaga county while hitting out at Interior principal secretary Karanja Kibicho.

He claimed that Kibicho is using state powers to intimidate those supporting Kwanza Kwanza presidential flagbearer Deputy President William Ruto.

"You know Kirinyaga is the headquarters of deep state. Kibicho comes from here and he wants to control the politics of Kirinyaga. He wants to tell you who to elect. Will you allow him to intimidate you…will you succumb to his threats and intimidation?” Gachagua said.

Gachagua says deep state using Covid cash

The Kenya Kwanza presidential running mate further claimed that deep state was using money set aside to fight the Coronavirus pandemic to campaign for Raila Odinga.

He alleged that deep state had stuffed Covid-19 cash in sacks and is dishing it out to residents in Mt. Kenya to persuade them to vote for the Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate.

"Make sure you receive the cash from deep state but don't sell your birthright due to food for the stomach," Gachagua cautioned residents.

Politicians allied to the Kenya Kwanza alliance have been making unsubstantiated claims about how deep state is planning to alter the August 9 polls.

Former Head of Public Service and current Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia admitted the existence of deep state in September 2021 during an interview on a local TV station.

Kimemia said deep state has the power to influence presidential election results in Kenya. He noted the deep state works all the way to the polling station level and it is difficult to defeat a popular candidate with its backing.

“All I can say is that deep state works. The voters vote, deep state also includes people in the villages. It goes up to the polling station and it doesn’t necessarily mean rigging," Kimemia said.

Kimemia, however, said the candidate being supported by the deep state must be credible and electable.

"The state exists, but I can assure you it could be deeper than deep. If you have two candidates at the rate of 50/50 and the deep state backs one, you can be sure that one will win," he added.

Kememia said the backing of a candidate by the international community could not be gainsaid.

"This country has a lot of interest from the international community and that influences election a lot. If they combine with the deep state, you can be sure your goose is cooked," he said.

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