Dr. Fred Okengo Matiang’i is the Cabinet Secretary of Internal Security and Coordination of National Government in Kenya (#SecurityKE) after serving in acting capacity when the nation took the sudden blow of the demise of Gen. Joseph Kasaine Ole Nkaissery. He has been a positive wave of influence and has set a high bar for those coming after him in service to this great nation. He has been quoted saying that his ambitions are to “serve God and his president” and though some consider him amoral and abrasive in execution of his duties, he is a darling to most.
He is a stickler for order and full function and this is seen in his deliberate choices in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology as well as the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government. Notoriety of his work in the Education Ministry came when he conducted impromptu visits in schools, opting to eat what was cooked for the students and thus creating a stir with his maverick style of leadership. From the ‘School bus yellow’ to the new curriculum system that has literally rebooted the approach and expectation of education in the country, not to mention his planting of a tree at Mwongori High School in Nyamira County in commemoration of the opening of the school’s Science Laboratory Complex, Dr. Matiangi’s star can only soar higher.
As the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government, the nation has this past week witnessed him express and promise to change the state of work allocation in the country. He has informed the public that the nation’s economy and resources must and should be allocated with priority to Kenyans before opportunities are offered to foreigners. On 21 May, 2018 he opened the work permit verification and registration exercise at Nyayo House informing the public that he would asked Parliament to amend the law which will require illegal immigrants to work without pay for the government to recover their deportation costs approximately KShs. 230,000 per ticket. His pragmatic approach is a sure sign to foreigners who have been living or working in the country under illegal status. This was televised and shared broadly and though many may criticize his style of leadership, the glory of the nation lies in the leaders that refuse mediocrity and opt to put their hands to work for the good of the nation and its people.
In the month of April this year he appeared before the Parliamentary Committee Administration and National Security about clarifying on the Miguna Miguna deportation. The CS gave Kenyans the true picture on the state of the matter, demystifying any misleading allegations to his office’s handling of the matter. In the rural area of South Mugirango in Kisii County, the Government is reaching out to the elders to support its efforts in maintaining security in the area. His leadership is felt and embraced all over the nation even in Wajir, where he has had various visits and hopes to come up with local solutions regarding the insecurity in the County.
Regarding police abuse of rights on civilians, Dr Fred Matiang’i was joined by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, Independent Policing Oversight Authority Chairman Macharia Njeru (centre) during the launch the National Policing Conference at the Kenya School of Government on April 17, 2018. He responded to the assault incident in the city saying “I was outraged as most Kenyans were. You can do your work as a police officer without getting to that point.” In response to a video of a police officer from Industrial Area who was caught on video stepping on a civilian. “I have confirmed that action has been taken against the officer and we have done this with many other cases,”. He is committed to tackle this impunity and has warned those in offices of authority to work with their teams correctively to ensure that due service is given to the citizens of Kenya.
As a leader one must know which battles to take on. Though cited to have denied negative critics an opportunity to pick his brain, he continues to pursue and enact radical reforms, turning previously turbid government offices and national education and lawful procedures to crisp clear operations, granting each Kenyan a fair chance at attaining their highest potential academically or vocationally. The CS engages interactively with the public on his twitter and Facebook platforms constantly updating his status with his milestones as well as what to expect during his tenure in office. As a leader, Dr. Fred Matiang’i has set himself apart as Moses in the Bible Story who rescued the Israelites from bondage and led them to the promised land.
Keep slaying the demons that hold the nation captive, Sir!