DP Gachagua Reveals why he used to fear Wajackoyah

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DP Gachagua Reveals why he used to fear Wajackoyah

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has revealed his fear of opposition leader and former presidential candidate Prof George Wajackoyah.

Speaking at the burial of Priesthood Church Bishop JJ Gitahi’s mother, Dorcas Wangari Muhihu, in Kaimbaga, Ol Kalou, Nyandarua County, Gachagua expressed his dread of the politician due to his support for marijuana legalisation.

“I am not a bad person Mr Wajackoyah. You are also not a bad man. I used to fear you when you advocated for the youth to smoke ‘that thing’ (bhang). You know we have a problem with that thing here (Mt Kenya region). You however said it’s not that one. I’ll call you to explain further,” Gachagua said.

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“I would like you to tell me that good bhang you are telling me so that I can be wiser. I’m not very intelligent since I am not very learned. I do not know a lot of things. You’ll teach me a little bit so that I understand further.”

During the 2022 presidential elections, Wajackoyah campaigned on his promise to eradicate corruption in the country if elected president, while also vowing to legalise marijuana, claiming that it might bring billions of shillings in revenue for Kenya.

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Among other promises, the pledge to legalise marijuana stood out and helped him gain popularity among young people, with Western media referring to him as a wild-card candidate as a result.

Currently, only a few African countries have legalised marijuana, with the majority simply allowing it for medicinal uses.

In 2017, Lesotho became the first African country to legalise marijuana, followed by South Africa and Morocco.

Adults in South Africa can possess, cultivate, and use marijuana in private, but not in public. In all other African countries, recreational marijuana usage remains illegal.

Wajackoyah’s promise

In June 2022, Wajackoyah stated that one acre of marijuana may yield a farmer Ksh8 million for each harvest.

“The whole of Nyeri county is 583,000 acres. This means that if we grew bangi in Nyeri County, Nyeri residents will earn $45 billion (close to Ksh6 trillion) per harvest. And because bangi is harvested twice a year, it means Nyeri residents will earn $92 billion every year,” he said in June 2022.

“Bangi is our next cash crop. It grows wildly in Mt Kenya. Question is, if we required the permission of mzungus who have now legalized bangi, why shouldn’t we legalize?”.

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Despite his popular promise, Wajackoya finished third with about 62,000 votes, accounting for less than 1% of all votes cast.

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DP Gachagua Reveals why he used to fear Wajackoyah

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