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Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua was denied the use of a military helicopter to attend the Madaraka Day celebrations in Bungoma County.

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Some sections of local media reporting that Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua was denied the use of a military helicopter to attend the Madaraka Day celebrations in Bungoma County.

 

This was the third time in a month that Gachagua was unable to use a military chopper for official duties.

 

DP Gachagua’s allies claimed he was informed that he could not use the military helicopter due to “bad weather” and was forced to hire a commercial plane.

 

The same issue occurred days earlier when Gachagua was assigned by President Ruto to fly to Bungoma for preparations ahead of Madaraka Day celebrations but the authorization was withdrawn at the last minute.

 

Defense docket confirmed that Gachagua did not use the military VIP section in Bungoma and said his office had not received a request from the Deputy President’s office as protocol dictates, further noting that the military does not automatically provide choppers to leaders and that requests are assessed based on availability.

 

Some of DP Gachagua’s allies have now called on President Ruto to clarify whether he should be classified as an ordinary politician or part of the presidency.

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