Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has been hailed for his “exemplary performance”by a section of key Jubilee leaders who opined that he is fit to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Led by vocal former Jubilee Party vice-chairman David Murathe who yesterday warned that President Uhuru Kenyatta will not hand power to a thief, the leaders declared that Matiang’i is ready to take his career to the next level by succeeding the president.

Also present was Kitutu Chache MP Richard Onyonka, who bolted out of DP Ruto’s camp last year.

The leaders who were speaking at Gakoigo Stadium in Murang’a during the homecoming ceremony of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Commissioner Wambui Nyutu said that Dr Matiang’i’s “diligence and honesty” has placed him above the rest.

Murathe urged Matiang’i to remain steadfast in support President Uhuru Kenyatta, adding that he has shown “firm and transparent leadership”.

“This country needs a leader like Dr Matiang’i; he is honest and has no integrity issues. Let’s continue supporting Dr Matiang’i to streamline this country for the good of Kenyans,” Mr Murathe said.

They added that the country stands to gain a lot and would be in safe hands from his leadership skills.

File image of David Murathe
File image of David Murathe

“Our community has produced a son who has proved to be very capable and competent leader and [who] has been trusted by the President. He is now ripe for the country’s top job and it’s my wish that the communities unite to support him,” he said.

The MP also called for a political partnership between central Kenya and residents of Gusiiland ahead of the 2022 presidential race that has attracted the interest of Deputy President William Ruto.

Equity Bank founder Peter Munga opined that Dr Matiang’i’s leadership skills and decisiveness make him a perfect fit to step in the shoes of former minister John Michuki who is credited with reforms in the ministries he led.

“Mr Matiang’i has fit very well in the gap left by the late Michuki by restoring law and order in a country and he has earned his respect in President Kenyatta’s administration. He needs to be accorded support by all Kenyans,” Mr Munga said.

CS Fred Matiang'i
CS Fred Matiang'i

The CS however downplayed the remarks, stating that he is busy implementing the big 4 agenda.

“I urge leaders to allow me to discharge the duties that I have been assigned by the President. We are committed in ensuring that the Jubilee government implements and fulfils the promises it made to the electorate,”Matiang’i said.