Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on Monday called out Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha, and a host of other government officials for breaching protocol during the flagging off of community health promoters.
The event which was held at Uhuru Park, Nairobi President William Ruto had in attendance senior state officials and CEOs of private companies.
Gachagua expressed his displeasure with leaders who used the presidential podium to address participants, which he insisted was a breach of protocol.
The leaders used the podium instead of a separate one that had been used by Governor Sakaja and other leaders during the Afya Nyumbani launch.
President William Ruto presides over the swearing in of Renson Mulele as the DPP on Monday, September 25, 2023.
“I have chosen to speak from here because there has been a serious breach of protocol,” Gachagua stated while using the alternative podium.
He quickly added that there had been confusion since it was Ruto who had invited the leaders to speak from the presidential podium.
“As a man who was in uniform, I politely declined the opportunity to breach protocol. I will speak from here,” he explained.
Gachagua added that Ruto was conducting formal events different from his predecessors.
The Deputy President explained that since the President came from humble beginnings, he had a hard time accepting the trappings of power.
“Those who work closely with the President have a different job of overseeing the transformation of hustler to President,” he stated.
The President uses the podium while delivering all official speeches. It accompanies the President as he transverses various parts of the country.
The podium has the Coat of Arms and has the ‘Republic of Kenya’ slogan.
Different governors also have their own special podiums adorned with their respective court of arms and slogans.
President William Ruto speaking during the Devolution Conference on August 16, 2023.