Professor Kithure Kindiki

The Interior Ministry was previously associated with tough-talking ministers with authoritative voices such as Fred Matiang’i, Joseph Nkaissery, John Michuki and George Saitoti.

However, the current occupant of the lofty office is soft-spoken and more diplomatic than his predecessors. That said, since ascending to the office, he has performed.

Over the course of the year, Kindiki was ranked as the best-performing cabinet secretary by various research firms including Infotrak and TIFA.

He has also moved to initiate some notable reforms in the ministry such as fast-tracking the issuance of passports which historically, has been hindered by corruption and protracted delays.

After fixing the leaking boat at Nyayo House, he shifted his focus to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and began probing delays in the issuance of good conduct certificates. 

The CS has also been leading in efforts to neutralise bandits in the North Rift region who have wrecked terror in the region. 

As far as his professional background goes, Kindiki is an experienced lawyer and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He is also a member counsel of the International Criminal Court (ICC). 

He joined politics in 2013 and was elected as Tharaka Nithi's first Senator and served for two terms. 

He also served as the Senate's Majority leader between 2013 to 2017 and doubled up as the Senate Deputy Speaker from 2017 to 2020 before he was ousted by the Jubilee party.