Matiang'i Reveals How Uhuru is Preparing Him for Greatness

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    From left: President Uhuru Kenyatta, ICT CS Joe Mucheru and Interior CS Fred Matiang'i engage during an ICT event in Nairobi on February 7, 2019
  • Interior CS Fred Matiang'i has stated that President Uhuru Kenyatta is mentoring him for greatness and that his relationship with the head of state will further bolster his administration and leadership skills.

    On Monday, August 31, while speaking in Nyamira County, Matiang'i stated that the head of state was supporting him and his community (the Abagusii). 

    Speculations have always been rife on whether Matiang'i would be fronted by Kenyatta as his successor. His colleagues in the Cabinet have also not shied away from associating him with the top seat. However, the CS has always played cagey with the idea of replacing Kenyatta. 

    "I am like a little child who is being helped to cross a road. I only need your prayers as God holds my hand to help me cross over. I have been tipped for greatness in the country and I need your full support. 

    Interior CS Fred Matiang'i speaks at a conference held to discuss congestion of prisons on July 28, 2020

    "Our President is full of promise to our community and at an opportune time, he is going to surprise people," the CS stated. 

    The CS has always been criticised by DP Ruto allies who have constantly accused him of undermining Ruto. Matiang'i was blamed for Ruto's woes by allegedly launching investigations through the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

    Ruto has also spoken out against the DCI and the 'deep state' and 'the system', which he alleged are poised to interfere with the 2022 election by either locking him out of the race or tampering with the results.

    The issue was aggravated when President Uhuru Kenyatta cut off DP Ruto's powers through an Executive Order. The head of state scrapped off the Office of the Deputy President.

    He also barred Ruto from launching and inspecting projects, delegating the role to Cabinet Secretaries.

    Kenyatta also appointed Matiang'i as an overseer of the Cabinet and had other CS report to him. This move by the President made the CS a punching bag by Ruto allies who accused him of foul play and trying to manoeuver his way into State House. 

    On Thursday, August 20, the Interior CS refuted allegations that he harboured ill-feelings for the DP. He spoke against reports which alleged that he called for DP Ruto's resignation. 

    Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i inspects a guard of honour during a passing out parade for 1,224 officers in December 2019
    Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i inspects a guard of honour during a passing out parade for 1,224 officers in December 2019