The second in command says he won his battle with alcohol after being born again and has remained sober since then.
Gachagua was speaking on Monday, May 29, 2023, when he presided over a conference on ending alcoholism and drug abuse in the Rift Valley region held in Nakuru.
“The President, Kindiki (referring to Interior CS Kithure Kindiki), and the rest of us, none has a problem with alcohol. I must admit I used to drink a lot before I got saved and since I stopped drinking my things have been very good,” Gachagua stated.
Gachagua hailed sobriety for his recent achievements in life and urged locals to embrace it.
“...that is how I am deputy president. I invite those who drink to consider dropping it and maybe your things will get better.”
The DP further called on authorities to be diligent warning that those who accept bribes to cover up will be dealt with.
“We are very happy with police officers who are doing a very good job but we have a serious problem with a few of them who have a conflict of interest and have opened bars in the areas where they serve. We have a problem with a few officers who are collecting protection fees; police officers who are supposed to arrest drunkards but they are more drunk,” he warned.
Gachagua emphasized that the government is after illicit brews and counterfeit alcoholic drinks.
“None of us has a problem with alcohol, but we have a problem with poison in the name of alcohol,” Gachagua said.