Uhuru Assurance to Matiang'i After Meeting Top Security Bosses

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and Interior CS Fred Matiang'i (right) during the 57th Administration Police Service pass-out parade on November 29, 2021
    Fred Matiang'i
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta held a meeting with top internal security officials from the National Administration and National Police Service.

    The President assured Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang'i, of his support during this heightened campaign season. Matiang'i and his Principal Secretary, Karanja Kibicho, have faced criticism for participating in election plans and holding meetings with various agencies including the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). 

    They were also castigated for the relapse in security witnessed by the influx of attacks on civilians and law enforcers in the Coastal and North Eastern counties. 

    According to a statement from State House, Uhuru lauded the security bosses for providing and promoting peace in the country and assured the officials of continued government support.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta signs the Law of Succession (Amendment) Bill into law at State House on Wednesday, November 17.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta signs the Law of Succession (Amendment) Bill into law at State House on Wednesday, November 17.

    "President Kenyatta thanked the security chiefs for ensuring sustained peace and tranquillity in the country and assured the officials of continued Government backing especially in this period leading up to the forthcoming General Election," the statement from State House read in part.

    Further, the security chiefs thanked President Kenyatta for his continued support of their formations and the improved welfare of officers working under their dockets.

    They assured the Head of State of their commitment to continue discharging their mandate professionally amid challenges presented by the political class.

    "The President also spoke about the country's Covid-19 response progress and urged the officials to assist in accelerating the ongoing voluntary vaccination exercise," State House remarked.

    The meeting was attended by CS Matiang'i, Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua, Interior PS Dr Karanja Kibicho, CAS Hussein Dado, Regional and County Commissioners, and their NPS counterparts at the same level.

    State House, however, did not reveal whether Uhuru discussed alerts by European embassies in Nairobi urging their nationals living in Kenya to avoid public places.

    The French Embassy on Thursday, January 27, warned that the persistent threats against Western nationals in Kenya poses a real risk.

    According to a travel alert, the French government warned of a looming terror attack targeting foreigners residing in Nairobi.

    It cautioned its citizens and expatriates from other countries to stay away from crowded public places, classifying them as possible hotspots.

    The German Embassy also issued an alert informing its citizens in the country of a possible extremist attack.

    The US Embassy further joined the two European countries in issuing terror alerts and urged its citizens to be vigilant in public places. 

    An undated image of the entrance to the US Embassy in Gigiri, Nairobi.
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