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Uhuru makes CS Matiang'i super minister - 6 months ago, 23 Jan 00:05

Cyrus Ombati

President Uhuru Kenyatta has handed Fred Matiang'i sweeping powers on the oversight of Government programmes, signalling his confidence in the Interior Cabinet Secretary in his final term in office that will shape his legacy.

In his new role, Dr Matiang'i will chair a key committee on the implementation of development programmes, whose membership includes all Cabinet secretaries, the Attorney General and Head of the Public Service, a mandate that a Government insider said essentially elevates him to a "prime minister or chief minister."

The president's move, however, drew mixed reaction from a cross section of leaders with some of Deputy President William Ruto allies saying it could be a move to undermine the DP.

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.

With four years left ...
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