Despite false accusations, we delivered a peaceful election, Matiang’i says in farewell letter

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has hailed the various organs of his ministry for the support they accorded him during the just-ended elections and during his tenure at the ministry.

In a farewell letter sent out on Friday, Matiang’i asked them to take “deserved pride” in the role played to deliver “the most peaceful election in Kenya’s history.”

“Despite immense criticism, scorn, and false accusations of scheming to manipulate and interfere with the General Election, our sector put up a stellar and professional performance in supporting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct the General Election,” the letter states.

Matiang’i and his Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho have been on the receiving end of the President-Elect William Ruto-led Kenya Kwanza alliance over what was claimed to be interference with the elections.

The letter was addressed to the Inspector General of Police, Deputy Inspectors General of Police, Director of Criminal Investigations, Commissioners General of Prisons, Director General, Kenya Coast Guard Services
Director General, Immigration Principal Administrative Secretary, National Administration Secretary, Internal Security Principal Secretary, and Regional Commissioners.

He noted that the just-concluded Presidential petitions and the subsequent ruling did not indict the Interior Ministry’s team across the country in any wrongdoing.

“This affirms our collective professionalism and due diligence to duty. Equally, it is my conviction that those tasked with facilitating the smooth transition to the next administration will exhibit similar professionalism,” Matiang’i said.

Reflecting on his five years at the Ministry, Matiang’i said that they have collectively strived to deliver service to all Kenyan citizens. He said that this has been possible by improving the welfare of the gallant men and women in the security sector.

“This has been extended to other sectors that play vital roles in the day-to-day running of the government. I exult in the pride of knowing that we have not only honoured expectations but exceeded them by important and evident milestones. History will vindicate our legacy,” Matiang’i said.

According to Matiang’i, in his visits across the country, he has been humbled by the “manifest dedication to duty
by our colleagues across the public service spectrum.”

“They are the unsung heroes who sacrifice their comfort to afford the rest of us the peace to go about our businesses. It is
my personal conviction that we have spared no effort to imbue our officers with the pride of working for their beloved nation. We must celebrate the fact that out of our efforts, security in our country is at its strongest,” the letter notes.

The CS added that it is through concerted efforts that the triple threats of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), teenage pregnancies, and sexual violence that plague Kenyan girls have been tamed to an all-time low.

“Transitions to the next level of learning for our children are at record highs,” he states.

Matiang’i also notes that important improvements in service delivery of essential services domiciled in the Ministry such as issuance of birth and death certificates, IDs, passports, and motor vehicle registration have been realized.

“Kenyans now get these services within a reduced time and at more locations across the country obviating the need for expensive and time-wasting travel,” the CS says in the letter.

He also says that their multi-agency approach to security and the war against terrorism, extremism and
organized crime has borne evident fruits.

“The number of terror attacks has reduced dramatically. Our towns are safer and open to business for longer hours. Visitors can now travel to all parts of our country free of fear. Calm now prevails in many places where conflicts were rampant. Overall, we now have a more secure country to bring up our children and to pursue our private interests,” Matiang’i says.

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