Fred Matiang’i Lands A Top Job At United Nations


Outgoing Cabinet Secretary Dr.Fred Matiang’i anticipates starting a new role at New York, the headquarters of the United Nations.

This opportunity comes at the tail end of his tenure as Cabinet Secretary ahead of his assumption to office of the Ruto-Gachagua government.

Fred Matiang’i took the oath of office as interior cabinet secretary in an acting capacity after Joseph Ole Nkaissery passed on.

 Fred Matiang’i headed two dockets concurrently; the ministry of education, science, and technology and the ministry of interior and Coordination.

Fred Matiang’i had been promised a job by Azimio’s Raila Odinga if the Azimio team won the presidential elections.

Dr.Fred Matiang’i has been one of Uhuru’s government’s most vocal Cabinet Secretaries. 

Some have accused Matiang’i of taking over the duties of William Ruto, the outgoing deputy president.

However, in a press briefing on August 5, Matiang’i told reporters that even state officials have a democratic right to support their preferred candidates.

He was keen to note that when his constitutional mandate called he would serve with no fear or favour of any political inclination.

During the electioneering period, the Kenya Kwanza team accused Matiangi of gross misconduct and abuse of office. This is because impartiality and political independence are of utmost importance to a state official.

Fred Matiang’i has a Ph.D. in Communication and Comparative literature from the University of Nairobi. He undertook his Masters in English from the University of Nairobi. Previously he had also pursued a  Bachelor in Education from Kenyatta University.

Before joining the government as a cabinet secretary, Matiang’i worked as a consultant with USAID, the Canadian Development, World Bank, and Transparency International.

Fred Matiang’i has been a research consultant and trainer for the parliaments of Ethiopia, Uganda, the East African Legislative Assembly, and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

As an educationist, Matiang’i has lectured at Egerton and the University of Nairobi.

Fred Matiang’i has climbed the career ladder having started as a primary school teacher.

 Matiang’i is also the patron of the UPIA party.

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