It goes without saying that Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i is President Uhuru Kenyatta’s most trusted Cabinet Secretary .
According to political analysts, the Interior boss has the President’s ear and trust due to his impressive performance since his appointment to the Cabinet about seven years ago.
The Head of State demonstrated his trust when he appointed him as the chairman of the National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee.People argue that he is the super CS and unofficial primer minister.
HOW DID THEY FIRST MEET ?
According to Media reports , The two reportedly first met and developed some rapport during President Mwai Kibaki’s first term when Uhuru was then the leader of Opposition.
Matiang’i was by then in charge of the Kenya Parliamentary Support Programme (KPSP) which was financing the parliamentary broadcasting service and digitizing the proceedings
Their friendship blossomed with Uhuru Kenyatta was Deputy prime minister in coalition Government
In year 2013, President Uhuru Kenyatta having seen the potential in Matiang’i poached him from the position of Eastern Africa Regional Representative for the Center for International Development in the State University of New York (SUNY) and gave him a Government post.
Matiang’i took over the ICT Ministry where he ruthlessly pushed the media to adopt the digital migration and ruled out turning back to analogue.
Matiangi was later appointed as the Cabinet Secretary for education, Science and Technology in December 2015 having previously been in acting capacity as the Cabinet Secretary for lands. His appointment came at a time the education sector had seen massive leakages in the just concluded Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education national examinations.
At the Ministry of Education, Matiang’i effectively dismantled examination cartels that had infiltrated the Kenya National Examinations Council and profited by leaking exam papers to schools and candidates and brought credibility in National exams.
Currently he is Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Security. He assumed office on 7 July 2017 after the sudden Demise of Gen Joseph ole Nkaissery.