Deputy President Gachagua Calls for Resignation of NIS DG Nordin Haji

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has called for the resignation of National Intelligence Service (NIS) Director General Nordin Haji. Gachagua made this demand during a speech in Mombasa, accusing Haji of failing to adequately inform President William Ruto about the scale of recent protests, which he believes warranted a more appropriate governmental response.

In his address, Gachagua alleged that Haji’s leadership had undermined the effectiveness of the NIS by frustrating competent officers and replacing them with loyalists who have compromised the quality of intelligence gathering. This failure, according to Gachagua, has contributed to the escalation of protests and unrest across the country.

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The Deputy President’s remarks come in the wake of widespread demonstrations against the Finance Bill 2024. Gachagua commended President Ruto for his decision to reject the controversial bill, a move that he said demonstrated the President’s commitment to listening to the concerns of Kenyans.

“President Ruto has shown that he is in touch with the people’s needs and aspirations by rejecting the Finance Bill 2024. This is a significant step in the right direction,” Gachagua stated. He further appealed to the youth to cease their protests and engage in constructive dialogue with the government. “The President has promised meaningful discourse. It is time for our young people to organize themselves and take part in these discussions to shape the future of our nation.”

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Gachagua’s call for Haji’s resignation highlights ongoing tensions within the Kenyan government and raises questions about the current state of the NIS. As the situation develops, it remains to be seen how President Ruto will respond to the Deputy President’s demands and whether changes in the NIS leadership will be forthcoming.

Background: The Finance Bill 2024

The Finance Bill 2024 has been a source of contention in Kenya, sparking protests and widespread public outcry. Critics argue that the bill imposes undue financial burdens on the populace, while supporters claim it is necessary for economic growth and stability. The rejection of the bill by President Ruto has been seen as a victory for the protestors and a testament to the power of public opinion in shaping government policy.