Dr.Fred Matiang’i is the current Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government
Matiang’i joined Jubilee Government in 2013 and has served in Ministries of ICT,Education,lands and now Interior
Since independence up to date, Kenya has produced diligent public servants, however, none equals or can be compared with the diligence, dedication and huff with which CS Interior Dr Fred Matiang’i executed tasks assigned to him. Due to his precise way of delivery, he has attracted monikers, BULLDOZER and Mr FIX IT just to mention a few.
Cs Dr Matiang’i takes his last dance in his ten-year feat by launching digital number plates, a move poised to curb carjacking, fraud and corruption marred sector.
This initiative comes in the wake of car theft whereby innocent people have lost their hard-earned resources through choreographed theft. Going forward carjackers will have an uphill task of trying to prey on innocent Kenyans.
In Matiangi’s early days in the Interior Ministry, he launched a digital police Occurrence Book (OB), thereby expediting service delivery to Mwananchi. Gone are the days our people cried in the hands of rogue officers who lost OB data in a quest to milk money from people who sought help.
The Dr Matiang’i era has seen an improved civilian-officer relationship, resulting in crime reduction in our neighbourhoods. Harmonisation of police departments has resulted in revamping the welfare of men and women in uniform.
Further, Dr Matiang’i digitized the immigration sector, he oversaw the introduction of the ePassport. Application of the document has been eased these days Kenyans have their passports delivered to their doorsteps in an unbelievable mileage in Kenya’s history.
Further, Dr Matiangi opened immigration centres in major towns thereby taking services closer to Mwananchi. In the past Kenyans spent a huge junk of their resources travelling to Nyayo house for the document these days they can get the same from their neighbourhoods in places such as Kisii, Nakuru, and Eldoret among others.
In Dr Matiang’i tenure as interior boss, terror attacks from militia groups have notably diminished a monumental feat that his predecessors could not achieve. Kenyans on the border can attest to the fact that, although not fully over, terrorism has been contained considerably. Kudos sir.
The Huduma Number similar to the Social Security number in the US, was meant to ensure Kenyans could get service with ease. In its full realisation, our people will be able to have their data in a centralised database which will help them have access to health services, banking services, and education services at the press of a button. This we will only live to experience.
The footprint of Dr Matiang’i will live on for years to come. Barely known to many, the former classroom teacher, gained fame when the president appointed him to the docket of ICT.
As minister of ICT, Dr Matiang’i engineered the monumental digital migration. As expected, the initiative faced bottlenecks from renowned media houses but the no-nonsense Dr Matiang’i soldiered on.
In fact, in the wake of the catastrophic Covid pandemic, information sharing was real-time courtesy of the digital blueprint initiated by Dr. matiangi. We can attest the move has helped create jobs for many of our youths who have come up with podcasts, and digital TVs, among others in addition to the revamp in research as professionals have had a variety of platforms to acquire information.
The education ministry feels the effect of Dr Matiangi’s reforms up to date. The Radical changes at the Kenya National Examinations Council, Matiang’i saw the introduction of new changes to safeguard the integrity of National examinations.
Matiangi initiated Free Registration of all Candidates. The government currently pays all the registration fees for all candidates sitting national examinations in KCPE and KCSE.
Matiangi disbanded the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) Board, with the subsequent sacking of nine board members, after it was accused of abetting exam irregularities.
Matiangi’s Early release of results caught the country by surprise after releasing the 2016 examination results abruptly without prior notice contrary to the tradition where the marks were announced after the Christmas holiday.
Matiangi compressed examination period: the Kenya National Examination Council has since condensed the KCSE calendar to 30 days. while the KCPE exams calendar has been condensed to 3 days. Marking days have also been greatly reduced.
Elsewhere Dr Matiang’i oversaw a restructuring of Form One Candidates’ selection. Here, he introduced a new schedule of Form One candidate selection which starts a week after the release of the results. The candidates also report to their respective schools in January, as opposed to earlier years where the exercise happened in February.
Still, in Education, Dr Matiang’i expedited the process restructuring of university learning. Every university these days is expected to prepare and submit to the Commission an annual report in a prescribed format.CUE works with universities to convert school-based courses into quality part-time programmes with sufficient opportunities for research and contact between the learners and their lecturers. Universities have ensured that class sizes and staff-to-student ratios are within the allowable limits, as provided for in the Standards and Guidelines. At the moment, the integrity of Education in our country is ranked highly, thanks to Dr Matiang’i
Dr Matiangi oversaw the waiver of school fees and championed increased government subsidy for Free Secondary Education and Free Primary education: In the new fees structure, all students in day secondary school are entitled to an Sh22,240 capitation from the government. This is because the government announced it has increased the capitation per child by some Sh9,374 per year, bringing to Sh22,244, the total amount the state releases per child per year in all secondary schools.
Matiangi YELLOW BUSES is a landmark of his tenure. All school buses have been painted yellow. This move helped reduce misappropriation of funds and misuse of public resources as such when School buses are used they’re seen and known hence misuse is curbed. They’re income generating venture for schools as well these days.
The hallmark of Dr Matiang’i in education lies in Free textbooks. A 1:1 student-textbook ratio, for all school-going children. Dr Matiang’i saw the implementation of the new textbooks policy where each form one student receives all textbooks on opening day. The government now directly procures the textbooks as opposed to the earlier dispensation where the money for the textbooks was wired to schools for them to in turn purchase the books. This initiative had affected the lives of children from humbled backgrounds who attend local schools. They can now compete with their colleagues from well-established schools as they have access to education.
Finally, during his short stint at the Ministry of Lands, he started the digitization of Land documents. A project which was picked by his predecessor.
As patriotic citizens, we thank you for your great service to mother Kenya. We will always speak of your greatness, your commitment to service delivery and the endearing patriotic face you fronted. May God the Almighty give you energy and enthusiasm to change wherever you touch!