The absence of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua during President William Ruto’s welcoming of his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on a state visit is one of nine consecutive events that have raised questions about the whereabouts of the second-highest-ranking leader in the country.

Ordinarily, Kenyans are accustomed to seeing Mr. Gachagua alongside his superior in important functions.

The last public sighting of Mr. Gachagua was on Monday at Kagumo Market in Kirinyaga County—just a day after reigniting the debate on revenue sharing based on population – one person, one vote, one shilling.

There has been no public communication regarding Mr. Gachagua’s whereabouts, whether he is on vacation or on official duty.

The Deputy President raised eyebrows last Friday by missing the national tree planting campaign involving the President and Ministers in various parts of the country.

Initially, he was scheduled to plant trees in Bomet County, but it is said he changed last-minute plans while officials from his office were already at the venue.

Mr. Gachagua was also absent from the Tuesday State House meeting where the President met with chairpersons and directors of key agencies, where they agreed to implement the Tea Task Force to address disputes among stakeholders.

Reforms in the tea, milk, and coffee sectors are projects of the Deputy President, after being tasked with the responsibility by his superior.

Following his absence, the President instructed Head of Public Service Felix Koskei to handle the matter.

Mr. Koskei used the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, indicating that he took on the role as per his boss’s directive.