Dr. Fred Matiangi leaves Kenya for top UN job in New York

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Outgoing Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiangi is expected to take up a new role at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, where he will be working from after the end of his tenure as Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary.

Dr. Fred Matiangi was among cabinet secretaries castigated by the Kenya Kwanza team for publicly endorsing Azimio-One Kenya candidate Raila Odinga and was also one of the strongest pillars of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s regime, especially in the second term where his office was handed some roles of the Deputy President.

He assumed office as the CS Interior on 8 July 2017 in an 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.

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.

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On 22 January 2019, President Uhuru Kenyatta, through Executive Order Number 1 of 2019, appointed him chairperson of 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.

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

He has also taught at Egerton University and the University of Nairobi.

Apart from holding the Interior CS position, Dr. Matiangi is also the patron of UPIA Party.

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