Matiang'i Shows Might in Uhuru's Absence

  • Interior CS Fred Matiang'i on Wednesday, January 22, officially launched the training and induction of the new Chief Administrative Secretaries (CAS) in Nairobi.

    Taking to his social media accounts, Matiang'i announced that he had officially opened the workshops and delivered the tough message from the president to the CASs set to take office.

    "I opened a 2-day induction workshop for all Chief Administrative Secretaries where I delivered H.E. the Presidents’ message on the need to focus on a one-government approach for efficient delivery of government services to the public devoid of politicking," Matiang'i informed on Twitter.

    Interior CS Fred Matiang'i with the head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua at the start of the induction training for the new CASs in Nairobi on Wednesday, January 22.

    "I emphasised that this would lead to greater peer accountability, reduction of red tape, and foster a team of oneness.

    "The committee was mandated to supervise the execution of government programs will comprise all cabinet," he announced.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed the new CASs on January 14, 2020, when he announced the reshuffling of the cabinet that saw former Agriculture CS kicked out.

    Some of the new faces that made it into the government included Patrick Ole Ntutu (Interior and Coordination), Nadia Ahmed Abdalla (ICT), Lina Chebii Kilimo (Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives), Wavinya Ndeti (Transport) and Peter Odoyo (Defence).

    Others include Andrew Tuimur, Abdul Bahari, Lawrence Karanja, Maureen Magoma, Winnie Guchu, Zacharia Kinuthia, Mumina Bonaya, Anne Mukami, and Mercy Mwangangi.

    Interestingly, Wednesday marked one year since CS Matiang'i was appointed the chairperson of the National Development Implementation and Communication Committee that comprised of all Cabinet Secretaries, Attorney General Kihara Kariuki, and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua.

    As the chairperson, Matiang' i was made directly answerable to President Kenyatta and by default, to supervise the Big 4 Agenda, in effect making him the 'super CS'.

    This position has seen him discharge a number of activities that were initially handled by the president and his deputy William Ruto, including chairing cabinet meetings and representing the president in functions inside and outside the country.

    The CASs attending the induction even on January 22, 2020.

    This was clearly evident in August 2019, when he represented President Kenyatta in Mozambique to witness the historic signing of a peace accord between President Filipe Nyusi and the main opposition group, Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo).