Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiangi has responded to critics accusing him of taking sides in the upcoming presidential elections by openly declaring he is backing ODM leader Raila Odinga for the top seat despite him (Matiangi) being a senior government official.
Speaking in Nyakach on Thursday afternoon, Dr. Matiangi said he needed nobody’s permission for him to rally behind the former prime minister’s 2022 bid, noting that he was one of the natives of Nyanza region and had a right to support one of their own (Raila), who is going for the top seat.
”Let us be very honest and stop the hypocrisy. That there are things we cannot talk about. In Nyanza, we are one people and have decided to stand with Raila Odinga. I have not asked for your permission to support him,” the CS said in Nyakach where he was also crowned as one of the sons of Nyakach while unveiling the newly formed Central Nyakach division.
The CS also said he will not stop talking about how the Handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga had transformed the country, for Kenyans needed to be told the truth.
Explaining why he was backing Odinga, the CS said he was a faithful servant of President Uhuru Kenyatta and at this point, the Head of State has shown his preference on the ODM boss, something he will faithfully follow.
”The president is my boss. It is logical to follow what the president has said. I am a Kenya citizen, a voter, and taxpayer in this country. If there are good things that have happened it is our duty to tell citizens” he added.
Dr. Matiangi has come under fire from allies of Deputy President William Ruto who have criticized him, together with Interior PS for openly throwing their weight behind Odinga. Other Cabinet Secretaries who have openly declared support for Raila are Peter Munya (Agriculture), Eugene Wamalwa (Defense), Ukur Yatani (Treasury) and Joe Mucheru (ICT).