Fred Matiang'i is the immediate former Interior Cabinet Secretary under Uhuru Kenyatta's administration.
Prior to joining politics, Matiang'i served as the Eastern Africa Regional Representative for the Centre for International Development, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, in the State University of New York (SUNY).
Equipped with a PhD in comparative literature, Matiang'i had also done communication consultancies for the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme.
Following the Jubilee win in 2013, President Kenyatta appointed Matiang’i as the ICT Cabinet Secretary. Matiangi is remembered for the digital migration in 2015.
In December 2015, Matiang’i was transferred to the Education Ministry where he is remembered for eradicating cases of examination leakage.
Matiang’i transformed the education sector- by sending home officials from KNEC and restructuring the procedures surrounding the national exams. This in turn earned him the moniker as Mr. Fix it.
He was later appointed in an acting capacity as the Interior CS after the demise of Joseph Nkaissery. He later took up the role in full capacity in January 2018.
As Interior Security, he worked with chiefs from the grassroots level to those at the apex of national security to implement and effect the government's agenda.
His stern reforms aimed at countering insecurity and terrorism threats. He also initiated key reforms, including hiring 100,000 police officers and increasing the ratio of cops to Kenyans from 1:900 to 1:600.
He was also at the front of the cattle rustling menace in the Rift Valley - imposing a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Elgeyo-Marakwet, West Pokot and Baringo counties to curb the rise in insecurity cases.