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Kithure Kindiki: law, and abrasiveness in the Interior Ministry

Internal Security Cabinet Secretary nominee, Prof Kithure Kindiki.

Former Tharaka Nithi Senator Prof Kithure Kindiki will be in charge of the country’s sensitive internal security docket, a docket always reserved for President’s blue-eyed boys.

The Law professor is going to wear the big shoes left by his predicessor, Fred Matiang’i, who was the defacto Deputy President, after his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta, could not read from the same script with his estranged deputy, William Ruto.

Prof Kithure Kindiki will be considering his nomination to the all-powerful security docket as a better than nothing option after missing out on the Deputy President nominee. Kithure Kindiki was among those who had the highest chances of becoming Kenya Kwanza’s presidential running mate, before William Ruto settled on Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua.

Though it’s not confirmed, but sources closer to Hustler Center had intimated that the professor of Law had had higher chances of becoming the presidential running mate than Gachagua – but the presidential candidate then, William Ruto, want for more ‘loyal’ Rigathi Gachagua. It is going to be seen how the effable law professor will carry out his responsibilities in a docket that always requires an abrasive approach.

Before his nomination to the cabinet, Kithure Kindiki was a two-term senator for Tharaka Nithi County. During his first term, the Tharaka Nithi Senator was the majority leader in the senate. In his second term, he was again elected as the Deputy Speaker of the Senate, before he was de-whipped from the position, that would later be handed to Turkana senator Samuel Poghisio. The two-term Tharaka Nithi Senator was deemed to be disloyal to the authorities that would be, (then under President Uhuru Kenyatta) and that was the genesis of his woes in the Senate.

Kenyans are going to see whether the soft spoken Kithure Kindiki will has enough artillery to spearhead a docket that is in charge of the security in Kenya, now that the banditry menace has been a thorn in the flesh of every regime that comes in. Just recently, seven police officers were confirmed gunned down as they patrolling the volatile West Pokot, Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet areas.

Also in his in-tray, is the now common deaths of spouses of policemen. It has been a common occurrence in about five years now that police female officers would easily take lives of their husbands, or the vice versa. Now the new sheriff is in town; it’s going to be seen if he will deal with those pending issues, among others.

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