Matiangi the fixer : Three successful and unforgettable crackdowns led by Matiangi

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Fred Okengo Matiang’i is a Kenyan cabinet secretary.

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Hate him or love him, this is the man .The CS has been successful on many crackdowns that will go down in the books of history , for having changed the affairs of many citizens and the the country.

After the death of Joseph Ole Nkaissery on July 8th 2017, Matiangi was appointed in acting capacity as the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government.

Digital migration

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He was given this post courtesy of his track record as a ‘fix it man’ for the President in terms of getting things done. This was as a result of his tenure at the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology in which he ensured that the country had gone through the phase of digital migration despite protest from broadcasters and controversies surrounding the award of frequencies and tenders of the same.

“Going back to analogue is not on the table. We are not going back there,” Dr Matiang’i , when he and Communication Authority (CA) officials appeared before the Senate Committee on Legal and Human Rights.
The analogue transmission was switched off in an acrimonious operation following a Supreme Court order that the digital migration should go on as planned.

The switch-off was effected despite a plea by Standard Group, Nation Media Group and Royal Media Services for more time to import their transmitters and set-top boxes being manufactured in the US. The move plunged majority of Kenyans into television blackout

Ministry of education

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Also while at the helm of the ministry of education his work in securing the national examinations earned him accolades throughout the country and the executive.

Matiangi received general public backlash over the government’s decision to shutdown media houses during the swearing in of Raila Odinga by his supporters as the People’s President. On the day of the swearing in, 3 radio and television broadcasting stations were switched off by the Communications Authority of Kenya by a directive from the Ministry of Interior.

In a televised broadcast the following day, Matiangi indicated that the broadcasting stations would remain off for the better part up until they had completed investigations into some people that he accused of being complicit in actions that would have led to the death of thousand of innocent Kenyans due to the buildup of incitement that was witnessed in the early hours of the morning of 30th January 2018.

Interior and National Coordination of Government Ministry

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It was not  business as usual when the Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi took charge of the Interior and National Coordination of Government Ministry, the country’s most powerful docket.

On appointment the CS directed Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho to lead a fresh campaign, with crackdowns on illegal brews, drugs and gambling machines in the country.

“It is unfortunate that there is a resurgence of illicit brews in some parts of the country. This is deplorable and an indication that some administrators among us have relaxed in the war against illicit brews,”  CS said during a joint meeting between the National Administrators and Education officials.

Matatu crackdown (Michuki rules Ressurection)

The CS vowed to bring the madness being witnessed in the public transport sector to a stop, noting that many lives had been lost on Kenyan roads.

He disclosed that more police officers will be deployed to aid in the crackdown and urged matatu operators to take the stringent rules positively.

“There is no turning back from Monday, they must comply including insurance companies stopping dubious deals,” Matiangi said.

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