Revealed: Why President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Fred Matiang'i in second cabinet role

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang'i was on Monday appointed as the chairperson of the National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee, by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Speaking from Mombasa State House, the president directed that Matiang'i will chair a key committee on the implementation of development programmes, whose membership includes all Cabinet secretaries, the Attorney General and Head of the Public Service.

The CS will also chair and coordinate government development programmes and projects.

Role

Other roles mandated to the position include;

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•Heading the National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee.

•Providing supervisory leadership throughout the delivery circle of all national government programmes and projects.

•Receive and deliberate on reports from the National Development Implementation Technical Committee and provide timely guidance on appropriate measures to address challenges constraining effective implementation and delivery of projects.

•Monitor and evaluate follow-up mechanisms for resources allocated for the projects to ensure proper utilisation and realisation of the targeted outcome.

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•Provide coordinated strategic communication to the public and other stakeholders on the progress of the projects.

•Prepare accurate and timely progress reports for presentation to the president and perform other functions as directed by the president.

Reason for appointment

This executive order has sparked debate over the role and that of Deputy President William Ruto.

However, this could mean a different version from the political speculations, as News 9 Kenya looks into some of the reasons for the appointment.

Experience

CS Matiang'i is an experienced leader-before being appointed as the CS for internal security, Matiang'i served as the Education CS cum acting interior CS, following the demise of Joseph Nkaissery.

This is double role, well handled. During his tenure, the two ministries performed well, without forgetting that he stemed out laziness and exam cheating in schools.

Hard working

Dr. Matiang'i is a hard worker, a go getter- when he says it he means. 

In 2018, following the ensued battle between NASA and Jubilee, Matiang'i took a firm stance in protecting the presidency.

He also played a major role in deporting the self-proclaimed National Resistance Movement leader Miguna Miguna, for treason.

Besides that, Matiang'i has served in varous cabinet roles since 2013.

He served as the Cabinet Secretary for Information and Communication technology.

On 24 November 2015, President Uhuru Kenyatta, in a cabinet reshuffle, appointed him as the cabinet secretary for Education.

Matiang'i had served as the Eastern Africa regional representative for the Centre for International Development, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, the State University of New York before being nominated as the Cabinet Secretary for Information Communication and Technology on 23 April 2013.

He formerly taught at Egerton University and the University of Nairobi.



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