Jeremiah Kioni Sets New Terms for Gachagua’s Apology to Kenyatta Family


Jeremiah Kioni Sets New Terms for Gachagua’s Apology to Kenyatta Family

On Tuesday, March 26, Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni slammed Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, days after the latter apologised to former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s mother, Mama Ngina Kenyatta.

During an interview with K24, Kioni questioned the legality of Gachagua’s apologies, claiming that it was not addressed to the intended recipients.

The Jubilee Secretary-General also questioned the authenticity of the apology, implying that it could have been issued purely for personal gain.

Kioni went on to say that the deputy president’s and other Kenya Kwanza MPs’ insulting remarks during the campaigns harmed not only the Kenyatta family but the entire community.


Thus, Jubilee’s co-leader sought a public apology and the presence of a larger crowd. Kioni also challenged other Kenya Kwanza MPs who had made disparaging remarks about the Kenyatta family to follow suit and apologise.

“The critical question is whether this apology is cosmetic or genuine. It is important that we acknowledge the insults that happened in 2017, these insults affected more than just the first lady, the former president,” Kioni noted.

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“The insults affected the community at large and even people who value lead were also hurt by insults that characterised the campaigns that were done by Kenya Kwanza at large,” he added.

Kioni’s appeal to the deputy president comes two days after Gachagua apologised to Mama Ngina Kenyatta for the fallout in 2022.

Gachgua, speaking in a roundtable chat with media from the Mt Kenya region, blamed the insults he directed at the former first lady on the political climate during the pre-election period.

“2022 politics had become so dirty. It had reached a point, where we had lacked respect, hurling insults to Mama Ngina,” the DP stated.

“I wouldn’t again, like the Mt Kenya community, for us to get to that point again of lacking respect for our elders. I would like to ask for forgiveness from Mama Ngina,” he added.

Despite the apology, the deputy president declined to say if he would meet with the previous president to officially end the feud.

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Jeremiah Kioni Sets New Terms for Gachagua’s Apology to Kenyatta Family

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