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How Gachagua betrayed fellow students to Moi

- As a student at The University of Nairobi in late 1980s, Gachagua was recruited by dreaded Special Branch to spy on fellow students and lecturers.
- SONU leaders he betrayed and were jailed included Wafula Buke
- Buke says it is Gachagua who told Special Branch he had connections with Libya which would have been used to overthrow Moi
Photo caption: Gachagua as Molo District Officer (DO) with President Moi

By Correspondent
Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua was admitted to study Bachelor of Arts at the University of Nairobi (UoN) in the 1980s.
Those days, Kenya, like many other African countries, was a one party dictatorship.  
But university students were at the forefront in demanding respect    for human rights and democracy.  
Consequently, the dreaded Special Branch was very keen to recruit snitches to monitor other students and lecturers, and report anyone talking about democracy, multi-parties, human rights etc.
Rigathi was introduced to Special Branch by his close relative who was a Chief.
The Special Branch was very eager to recruit Rigathi as an informer, since he would be a student at UoN’s Faculty of Arts, then known as a hotbed of “radical politics”.
Immediately he joined university, he started reporting what lecturers and fellow students were saying about Kenyan politics.
SNITCH
Rigathi snitched on lecturers and fellow students so enthusiastically that he caught the attention of then Special Branch boss, James Kanyotu.
His eagerness to betray his fellow students impressed Kanyotu so much, till he ordered Rigathi to be reporting directly to him.
Kanyotu “promoted” Rigathi - informally since Rigathi was not an employee of Special Branch - and made him the “Head Snitch” at UoN. Naturally, Rigathi was rewarded handsomely, and bought his first car while still a freshman at UoN.
During his time at UoN, Rigathi’s snitching led to jailing of many students and lecturers for sedition and subversion (i.e. discussing democracy, multi-parties, human rights).
District Officer (D.O.)
When he graduated with BA, through government connections, he was employed as a District Officer (D.O.).
Rigathi was appointed D.O. Kiambaa, Kiambu County. As D.O. he used Special Branch connections to intimidate and shake down local businessmen.
On Monday mornings, there would be a queue of young men waiting to meet D.O. Rigathi in his office.
Each of these young men would be carrying an envelop to hand over to D.O. Rigathi.
The young men were messengers/drivers of Kiambaa tycoons, sent by their bosses to hand over “protection money” to D.O. Rigathi.
This was done each and every Monday morning.
As time went on, Rigathi kept demanding more and more money from the tycoons.
A local businessman known as Wa Cikû refused to send any more extortion money.
Rigathi had him arrested by the Special Branch for “insulting the government”.
Wa Cikû was released a month later but he had been castrated.
This sent terror among Kiambaa businessmen. They requested a meeting with then President Daniel arap Moi and urged him to transfer Rigathi from Kiambaa.
Rigathi was transferred to Molo, Nakuru county.  
The terror he subjected Molo people is talked in whispers even today.  
Now, Rigathi is betraying Kenya to a Foreign Power. By working for their local spies/impostors like Farouk Kibet, knowingly. According to him, “you cannot eat patriotism”.
Indeed, Rigathi is the second most corrupt Kenyan. Only William Ruto is more corrupt than him.
The Wafula Buke Story
From his college days to his rise in political and economic status, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua is a man who would “fix” you to the government of the day for his personal gain, former ODM director of political affairs and strategy Wafula Buke alleges.
In a recent Facebook post, Buke says that he was a victim of Gachagua’s theatrics back in college during the late President Daniel Moi’s era.
According to Buke, Gachagua was the only student who boasted of speaking directly to President Moi, and led a flashy lifestyle admired by a number of students who followed him for handouts.
“Gachagua was one of the most expensively dressed students in my days in UoN. He was feared too. When he approached, you lowered your voice for security. Truly, he was the only self-confessed student I knew who talked to Moi directly and bragged about it. He had his following of handout seekers just like now,” writes Buke.
Buke joined the University of Nairobi in 1985 to pursue a degree course in Political Science and Philosophy.
In his first year, he organised a successful demonstration in solidarity with Libyans following deadly airstrikes by the United States in retaliation for the 1986 West Berlin discotheque bombing.
This would invite trouble from the Moi government after Gachagua misinformed State House that he was a project of Libya.
A detective named Solomon Ochola was sent from Nyati House to investigate the claims, an investigation that lasted for over two years.
“One day, Solomon Ochola, my “ardent supporter” who often carried me shoulder high after rallies was cornered by comrade Bildad Kisero . He told me (hall 13 room 101) that Ochola was never a student but was a police officer. He wanted me to disconnect from him. He had been with us for two years as a student and a member of the university choir,” says Buke.
“Word went round about his status as an informer. He approached me alone. “Buke I am not a student. I am an inspector of police. I was sent here by Mr Opil from Nyati house who is in charge of student politics and mwakenya. After the Pro-libya demo you organised, I was sent here to confirm your Libyan connection. I learned that you actually had no connection with Libya.””
The police officer, Ochola, would later identify police officers in campus who worked undercover as cooks, sweepers and casual labourers.
The highest-ranked among them was, according to Buke, Gachagua, who was a Sergeant working as a cook.
Due to his “loyalty” to President Moi’s government, Gachagua would later become a District Officer in Kiambaa.
He also served as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s personal assistant during his time as Kanu chairman, particularly during the period of his failed presidential bid 2002.
In the wake of the fallout between President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto, Gachagua chose to support the latter.
“Gachagua’s partnership with William Ruto can be said to be historically ordained. Theirs is amazing consistency in seeking for self,” writes Buke.

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