Activities at the Ministry of Education are set to be slowed down due to the appointment of Fred Matiang’i to act in the Interior and National Coordination docket.
Yesterday, an event that Dr Matiang’i was to preside over in Embu County was cancelled at the last minute while it is not clear if he will be able to attend a consultative meeting on chaplaincy in schools on Wednesday.
The CS who is known to be a hands-on person is handling two vital ministries that requires his attention throughout the day and night.
Dr Matiang’i is now handling the deteriorating security situation at the Coast and North Eastern due to terrorism, ensure security of all Kenyans during the electioneering period as well lead curriculum reforms at the Ministry of Education, prepare for national examinations and lead the implementation of school unrest report that he released in May.
The CS was appointed to replace Joseph Nkaissery who died on Saturday morning.
However, experts argue that since he is only acting, the CS will not abandon his Ministry and decamp to the Office of the President.
At the Office of the President, they say, Dr Matiangi’ will have to deal with cartels that have over the year run the Ministry and who fight for their space and therefore it may not be the usual praise he is used to at the Ministry of Education.
At the Security docket, he has to receive daily briefs from various agencies, later brief the President and also accompany him to various functions.
At the Ministry of Education, he has three principal Secretaries- Dr Bellio Kipsang (Basic Education), Prof Collete Suda (University Education) and Dr Dinah Mwinzi (Tertiary and Vocational training).
RUNNING THE SHOW
Yesterday, Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) Secretary General Akelo Misori admitted that activities at the Ministry may slow down.
The CS has been running the show but we expected his three principal secretaries to step in and supplement him since as the CS he is just a presiding officer.
“The new docket has several challenges that needs his attention. Previously the Ministry was Matiang’i and Matiang’i was the Ministry,” said Mr Misori.
He added that the two ministries need somebody who is on top of everything and asked the President to appoint substantive Cabinet Secretaries.