By John Karisa
- Uhuru appointed Interior CS Fred Matiang’i the overall supervisor of government projects.
- Matiang’i will be reporting directly to Uhuru under the new structure.
- Pundits say the new roles given to Matiang’i points to a scheme to edge DP Ruto out of centre of power.
The appointment of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’I to the post of chairman of the National Development Implementation and Communication should not be seen as a political ploy by President Kenyatta to clip his deputy William Ruto, a Mombasa youth group has said.
The youth claim Uhuru was right to appoint Matiang’i since the CS has a good performance track record.
“The nation is embracing the handshake and therefore those who have political ambitions should wait until 2022.
“Matiangi’s appointment should not be seen as political move to block Ruto. It is time to deliver for electorates and not politics,” said Moses Aran, Mombasa county youth leader.
Their sentiments come in the wake of heated debate that Uhuru had eclipsed Ruto from the seat of power and isolated him.
While addressing the media at Uhuru Gardens, the youths threw their weight behind Matiang’i claiming he has the potential to deliver in his new appointment.
“We all believe in our president so whatever he did we support him fully. We applaud the president for his new move because Matiang’i has proven that he is able to deliver. Let’s work together regardless of our political affiliations,” added Miraj Abdalla, women youth rep in Mombasa.
Matiang’i will now be chairing meetings that bring together all Cabinet secretaries, the Attorney-General and the Head of Civil Service Joseph Kinyua.
The president’s move, however, drew mixed reactions from a cross section of leaders with some of DP allies saying it could be a move to undermine him.
The president delegated the powers to Matiang’i in an Executive Order that for the first time hands a CS an expansive responsibility to chair and coordinate government development programmes and projects.
The youth from different political affiliations unanimously vowed to work together as they called on leaders within Mombasa county to embrace the handshake deal for the common good of the county regardless of the political affiliations.
“Divisive politics is shunning our youth behind and that is what we should codemn, as youth we should be united to ensure that we take up leadership of the country,” added Abubakar Swabir.