Interior CS Kithure Kindiki featured in Africa’s 50 Trailblazers list

Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration, Kithure Kindiki, has been recognized in Business Review Africa’s renowned list of Africa’s 50 Trailblazers.

The nomination places him among the most influential people in Africa, alongside Equity Bank Group CEO James Mwangi and other Kenyan entrepreneurs Mary Njoki, Nelly Cheboi, and software engineer Catherine Mahugu.

According to the publication, Kindiki is a renowned legal scholar with extensive experience and knowledge of public and international law. The paper describes him as a “remarkably erudite and resolute individual” who has achieved several firsts in different fields.

Before his appointment as Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration, he served as an elected senator for Tharaka-Nithi County for two consecutive terms.

Kindiki’s academic journey began at Kamatungu Primary Boarding School in Tharaka, where he was a top performer. He later joined Lenana School for his secondary education and pursued Law at Moi University. He earned his Master of Law degree from the University of Pretoria and became the youngest and only the second Kenyan to earn a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the legal profession at the age of 31.

During his tenure as a senator, Kindiki sponsored over 12 bills in the Senate, including the County Allocation of Revenue Bill, 2013, which untangled the sharing of revenue among county governments. He also introduced the Community Land Bill, 2013, the Division of Revenue Bill, 2014, and the Public Finance Management (Amendment) Bill, 2014, among others.

As the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration, according to the publication, Kindiki recorded impressive results in his first 100 days at the ministry. He strategically deployed security personnel in Nairobi, resulting in increased safety for the city’s residents. He also confronted the threat of terrorism head-on, leading to the disruption of several terror plots and the arrest of dozens of suspected terrorists.

Under Kindiki’s leadership, Kenya recorded a decrease in crime by up to 13.5% in the first 100 days of his tenure. He declared war on audacious rustlers and bandits, whose criminal activities have stymied economic growth in affected areas. His rapid response saw a significant decline in these criminal activities, and he aims to open up the affected areas for economic takeoff.

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