Fire Matiang'i Over Al Shabaab Attacks - Jubilee Senator

  • A Jubilee senator has called upon President Uhuru Kenyatta to sack Interior and Coordination of National Government Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i over what he termed as failure to shield the country from terror attacks.

    According to a report on the Daily Nation of Wednesday, January 15, Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei asked the head of state to fire Matiang'i for not only his alleged involvement in national politics but also for the failure to curb the Al-Shabaab related attacks that the country has experienced in the recent past.

    "This is the application of double standards. If the president was to fire any CS for involvement in politics, then Matiang'i should have gone along Wamalwa and Munya," Cherargei was quoted by the publication.

    "Matiang'i is preoccupied with BBI politics when Al-Shabaab has a field day in Nothern Kenya," he added.

    Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei at parliament buildings during a press conference on May 7, 2019.

    The politician urged leaders to halt the celebrations following Mwangi Kiunjuri's ouster as CS for Agriculture.

    Belgut MP Nelson Koech played down the Cabinet changes but stated that he hoped that they were made in good faith.

    "I only want to believe that they were done in good faith and meritocracy was the only yardstick," Belgut remarked.

    Cherargei's sentiments came after a section of leaders termed President Kenyatta's Cabinet reshuffle as timely and much needed.

    Following the changes, Nominated MP Maina Kamanda alleged that Kiunjuri was busy garnering support to cement himself as Deputy President William Ruto's running mate come 2022.

    "Instead of working as Agriculture CS, he started campaigning to be Ruto's running mate. All complaints regarding agriculture in Central Kenya fell in his docket yet he did nothing," Kamanda stated.

    Weighing in on the reshuffle, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru stated that her only wish would be for the incoming CSs to alienate themselves from politics and deliver to Kenyans.

    "We hope this new team will put politics and self-interest aside and focus on service delivery," Waiguru urged.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Interior CS Fred Matiang'i at the Westlands Primary School on November 1, 2017.