Fred Matiang'i

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Dr Fred Matiang'i
Fred Matiangi 2013.jpg
This photo embolishes the strength of the man, portrayed as a visionary of power
Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government
Assumed office
8 July 2017
PresidentUhuru Kenyatta
Preceded byJoseph Ole Nkaissery
Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science and Technology
In office
15 May 2013 – 26 January 2018 [1]
PresidentUhuru Kenyatta
Personal details
BornBorabu, Nyamira District
Political partyJubilee Party
Alma materKenyatta University (BA)
University of Nairobi (MA), (PhD)
ReligionSeventh-Day Adventist[citation needed]

Dr. Fred Matiang'i is a Kenyan Cabinet Secretary.[2] He is the current Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Security in Kenya. He assumed office on 7th July, 2017 on acting capacity after the sudden Demise of Gen Joseph ole Nkaissery, making him hold two cabinet positions concurrently, that is in the ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and Education, Science and Technology[3]. He took up the full position of cabinet secretary for Internal Security and Coordination of National Government after being appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in January 2018 in the president's second comprehensive cabinet appointments[4]. On the 22nd of January, President Uhuru Kenyatta, through Executive Order Number 1 of 2019, appointed him Chairperson of the The National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee. The committee is composed of all Cabinet Secretaries, The Attorney-General and the Head of the Public Service who acts as the secretariat.[5]

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.[6][7]

He formerly taught at Egerton University and the University of Nairobi.[8]

On 24 November 2015, President Uhuru Kenyatta, in a cabinet reshuffle, appointed him as the cabinet secretary for Education[9].

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science and Technology[edit]

Matiangi was 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.

Within a short period of time at the helm of the ministry, he sent home officials from the examining body KNEC and restructured the security procedures surrounding the handling of the exam papers. Policies he put into place regarding the examination of the national Secondary and Primary examinations were[10]

  • Headteachers were now directly in charge of examinations carried out in their examination Centre instead of the County education officer as had been the case before.
  • Social activities were banned in the third term of the school calendar in order to reduce unnecessary contact between the exam candidates and outsiders.
  • The maximum duration in which the KCSE examination could be carried out was limited to four weeks from the initial six.
  • Results from the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education national examination were now released in one month down from the three months that it took before. This was to eliminate the possibility of alteration of result by rogue officials.

Relationship with Teacher’s Unions[edit]

Matiangi's relationship with KNUT and KUPPET was generally seen as a love hate kind of relationship. This was essentially due to the “bulldozing’ nature of Matiangi while working in the ministry of education. After the results on the 2016 KCSE the Kenya National Union of teachers demanded a forensic audit of the examination results after a dismal performance led to quite a steep decline in the number of students achieving top grades.[11] This was though attributed to the hard hitting changes that Matiangi had introduced to the ministry less than a year after joining it.

Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government[edit]

After the death of Joseph Ole Nkaissery on July 8th 2017,[12] Matiangi was appointed in acting capacity as the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government. He was given this post courtesy of his track record as a ‘fix it man’ [13] for the President in terms of getting things done. This was as a result of his tenure at the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology in which he ensured that the country had gone through the phase of digital migration despite protest from broadcasters and controversies surrounding the award of frequencies and tenders of the same. Also while at the helm of the ministry of education his work in securing the national examinations earned him accolades throughout the country and the executive.

Matiangi received general public backlash over the government's decision to shut down media houses during the swearing-in of Raila Odinga by his supporters as the People's President. On the day of the swearing in, 3 radio and television broadcasting stations were switched off by the Communications Authority of Kenya by a directive from the Ministry of Interior. In a televised broadcast the following day, Matiangi indicated that the broadcasting stations would remain off for the better part up until they had completed investigations into some people that he accused of

being complicit in actions that would have led to the death of thousands of innocent Kenyans due to the buildup of incitement that was witnessed in the early hours of the morning of 30th January 2018[14]

Relationship with the opposition[edit]

Matiangi while occupying one of the highest dockets a public civil servant can hold, has not been short of conflicts with the opposition. During the Kenya presidential election, 2017, Matiangi took a hard stance against the opposition protests aimed at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. His ministry, of which the national police falls under would clash with the opposition violently during their demonstrations.

After the swearing in of Raila Odinga in January 2018, Matiangi outlawed the National Resistance Movement, gazetting the movement as an organised criminal sect. Following this, the Cabinet Secretary indicated that[14]

What was witnessed at Uhuru Park was a well-choreographed attempt to subvert or overthrow the legally constituted Government of the Republic of Kenya

Government Statement Read by Fred Matiangi

Following his press briefing, officers from the Flying Squad picked up some individuals aligned to the opposition and some media personalities for questioning regarding their association with the swearing in of Raila Odinga the day before. The individuals picked up were Member of Parliament for Ruaraka TJ Kajwang,[15][16] Miguna Miguna, Linus Kaikai and Larry Madowo.[17]


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  3. ^ "Uhuru appoints Fred Matiang'i as acting Interior CS". Daily Nation. 8 July 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Uhuru unveils new Cabinet, nominates Munya, Shebesh, Ababu, and Marwa". The Star. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  5. ^ "CS Matiang'i gets new role". Daily Nation. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
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  7. ^ "Dr. Fred Matiangi". Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Profile: Dr. Fred Okengo Matiangi". The Daily Nation.
  9. ^ "Five Cabinet Secretaries axed in reshuffle as two MPs nominated". Standard Digital. 25 November 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  10. ^ Oduor, Augustine. "Rampant cheating in national examinations saw top Knec officials sent packing". The Standard. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  11. ^ "KCSE 2016 results: Only 141 As from over 88,900 candidates with C+ and above". The Star, Kenya. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  12. ^ Ombati, Cyrus. "Joseph Nkaissery's death probe; police grill 10". The Standard. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  13. ^ "Fred Matiang'i: Second most powerful man after President Uhuru - Business Today News". Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  14. ^ a b Mathenge, Oliver (2018-01-31). "Interior CS Fred Matiangi". @olivermathenge. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  15. ^ "Judge Odunga spares security chiefs jail terms". Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  16. ^ Orinde, Hillary. "Pictures: Police lob teargas at NASA leaders demanding Kajwang's release". Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  17. ^ "BREAKING: Miguna Miguna, NTV Linus Kaikai Arrested By Police, Taken to Unknown Location". Kenya Today. 2018-01-31. Retrieved 2018-01-31.