Interior Cabinet secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi’s dalliance with ODM party big shots has sent jitters across the political scene with the CS making numerous visits to southern Nyanza in the company of ODM MPs amidst speculations that he is harbouring political ambitions.

Last week, the Super CS made an extensive tour of Homabay and called for unity between the Luo and the Abagusii.

Matiangi was accompanied by a host of MPs from the two communities who gave strong hints that it is only a matter of time before he throws his hat into the ring.

The speeches at the event had heavy political undertones and sent tongues wagging even as Matiangi called for unity between Luo and Kisii leaders in pursuit of development.

Those present at the event included Homa Bay Deputy Governor Hamilton Orata, Senator Moses Kajwang’, Woman Representative Gladys Wanga, Kabondo Kasipul MP Eve Obara, senators Sam Ongeri (Kisii) and Okong’o Omogeni (Nyamira); and MPs Richard Onyonka (Kitutu Chache South) and Jimmy Angwenyi (Kitutu Chache North).

CS Fred Matiangi with Gladys Wanga during a recent visit to Homabay county
CS Fred Matiangi with Gladys Wanga during a recent visit to Homabay county

Matiangi promises to engage the ommunity further as Onger reveals political agenda

Ongeri reassured Matiangi that their political agenda will be on course should they consolidate votes in the entire region, giving the strongest hint of what may follow.

“Dr Matiang’i, I want to assure you that if we consolidate votes in the entire region, we will not fail in our political agenda,” Ongeri said.

On his part, Matiangi promised to return and engage the community on a wide range of issues.

“I will come back to this region to talk to you on a number of issues that can bring us together as one family. It is not a crime if I meet Nyanza residents to discuss what they want the government to do for them,” said the CS.

Hinting at future prospects, Senator Omogeni stated that unity between the Kisii and Luo communities will make them a formidable force and enable them to champion a political agenda that will transform the country’s future leadership.

File image of CS Fred Matiangi and Junet Mohamed at a fund raiser in 2018
File image of CS Fred Matiangi and Junet Mohamed at a fund raiser in 2018

“I appeal to both political leaders and the electorate in the Luo and Gusii regions to work together as members of one family. This will enable us achieve a lot and transform our lives,” he said.