Rigathi Gachagua
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On his most recent international tour, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua made the interesting statement that "Kenya has tigers," something that he has finally addressed.

When H.E. Gachagua made the statement that made him and our country into laughingstocks—tigers are only found in Asian nations like India, Nepal, Russia, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam to name a few—he was in Medellin City, Colombia, where he was attending the Seventh Coffee Producer and Roaster Forum.

Since English isn't his first language, the lawmaker is now retracting his statement and saying that it wasn't made in ignorance.


The father of two defended his claim and responded to critics, saying that he is aware that there are no tigers in Kenya.

"Some of us when speaking think in our mother tongue then translate," started off the Deputy President.

The tiger and the leopard share the same name in H.E. Gachagua's mother tongue, Kikuyu, and this is what caused him major confusion when giving the speech, he continued.


"In the Kikuyu community where I come from, the leopard and the tiger are the same thing. Some critics asked me which tigers are in Kenya and now I'm telling them, the leopard and the tiger are the same thing," the father of two said in a bid to clarify the mix-up and reassure people that he was learned.

The politician continued by promoting Kenya's wildlife and urging his detractors to visit Kenya's National Park so they could view the magnificent animals we have to offer firsthand.

The deputy president continued to make light of the situation by encouraging people to travel to Kenya to see the "tigers" the country has to offer.

"They're the same thing... the critics can go see them in our National Park," H.E Rigathi Gachagua said while wrapping up.

While addressing prospective investors in Kenya on Thursday, 15th September, H.E Gachagua said Kenya has some rare species of wildlife, including Tigers.

“As you come to invest in Kenya, we have many facilities for tourism. We have rare species of wildlife [namely] elephants, lions, buffalo and Tigers.” he told the Colombian investors he was trying to bag.