President Uhuru appoints Matiang’i as acting Interior Cabinet Secretary

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i

President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i as acting CS in the Ministry of Interior and National Co-ordination.

This comes a few hours after the death of CS Joseph Nkaissery that occurred last night after he was admitted to Karen Hospital in Nairobi for a medical check-up.

“Today is a sad day for Kenya and all our people. We lost a gallant officer, an officer who has for the most part of his life served with total dedication and love for his country. Maj General Joseph Nkaissery was a man who believed in this country, believed in the principles and foundation on which this country was built,” the President said.

“I personally have lost a friend, a colleague, whom as late as yesterday we spent part of the day praying together for peace for this country, whom as late as 9.30 last night we were discussing issues pertaining and relating to peace, to unity in this country. Indeed on one of his last notes he spent discussing his great passion, which was Kenya’s preparedness for the Junior Athletics (IAAF U18 Championships) that is supposed to commence in the next few days,” he added.

The president said there will be no vacuum in the security docket.

“But I take this opportunity to inform Kenyans there shall be no vacuum in securing our country. I have taken this morning the decision to appoint Dr Fred Matiang’i acting Cabinet Secretary for Internal Security to ensure there is no vacuum. I wish to assure Kenyans and all our friends of good faith that Kenya is secure and I wish to take this opportunity also to let those who wish to see a destabilized Kenya, an unsettled Kenya, that we are strong and we are ready”.

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