Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiangi’s star continues shining as his no-nonsense approach to handling issues ripple around the country.
Born Fred Okengo Matiangi in Borabu, the father of two has a chequered career spanning university lecturing, global organisations’ consultations and working with Kenya’s parliament among others. Dr Matiang’i is a Seventh Day Adventist who is said to be devoted to excellence.
Matiang’i made a statement on Friday when he landed in for a fundraiser in Kirinyaga accompanied by six governors and more than 50 MPs. In his speech, the Super CS did not shy away from drumming up support for the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga whom he described as a statesman.
While taking a dig at Deputy President William Ruto and his Tanga Tanga group, Matiang’i said he and his Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho only take instructions from the President who appointed them.
A country is led like a family. Is there a family that is led by two men? No. A family is only led by one man,” he declared.
He also confidently said that Uhuru was aware of their presence in the region and had even sent him with his contribution.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta is aware we are here and sent us with his contribution, and the Honorable former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has also sent greetings and his contributions through ODM deputy party leader Hassan Joho,” he said.
Popular political pundit Mutahi Ngunyi believes president Uhuru Kenyatta might shock the nation by endorsing Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i as his successor.
In the past 12 months, Matiang’i has increased his public appearances, attending fundraising events in several parts of the country.
In January this year, President Uhuru made Matiang’i his chief minister when he appointed him the Chairperson of the National Development Implementation and Communication Committee, a role that put him at the heart of all government projects. Analysts claimed the position reduced the powers of the DP who has developed a habit of launching all government projects, most of which are nonexistent.
On his part, Raila has described Matiang’i as his son.
“He is my son. Kisii is my home. Go slow, I know how to plan on this.” Raila said during the burial of former Assistant Minister Hezron Manduku in August this year.
At the Kirinyaga event; both Kisii Governors James Ongwae (Kisii) and John Nyangarama (Nyamira) were present. This is another statement that the region is united behind the CS.