By Judith Gicobi
Fred Matiangi, the interior cabinet secretary, seems to have slipped from the public eye a few days after William Ruto was named the next president.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson Wafula Chebukati declared Dr. Ruto the victor of the elections in August 2022 on Monday, August 15.
In a race that attracted four presidential contenders, he defeated closest competitor, Raila Odinga to win the title.
Odinga, however, vows he will head to court after he disputed the outcome.
Notably, Matiang’i has skipped news conferences for two sessions of the Transition committee, which the Head of Civil Service Joseph Kinyua addressed.
The sessions are intended to facilitate a seamless handoff between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his successor.
As the current Cabinet Secretary for Kenya’s Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Matiangi has a delicate caseload and, from an administrative standpoint, is directly in charge of the nation’s security matters.
He is also well-known for being an outspoken opponent of the President-elect; their feud dates back to 2018, when President Uhuru Kenyatta gave him some of Ruto’s duties.
At any case, President-elect Ruto declared in a meeting on Wednesday that his administration will forbid political activity among public employees.
Matiang’i was last seen in a public setting on August 9 when he was voting.
He spoke at a news conference two days before and promised Kenyans of their safety both before and after the elections.
The IEBC’s designation of William Ruto as the next president brought about the creation of the Transition committee.
The Committee is made up of the Attorney General Kihara Kariuki, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior Dr. Fred Matiang’i, the Director of National Intelligence Services Major General Philip Wachira Kameru, the Inspector of the National Police Service Hillary Mutyambai, and the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi.
It also includes the Chief of the Kenya Defense Forces, General Robert Kibochi.