Is it Ruto or Matiangi? Power confusion as CS Matiangi visits Kabarak using Presidential Airforce Jet


Since the very morning kenyans received the news of the demise of the retired President Daniel Arap Moi, confusion erupted among Kenyans over who is constitutionally right to preside over the government business when the President is out of the country. Is it the Deputy President William Ruto or Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi?

This morning, the Interior CS Fred matiangi visited Kabarak using the Presidential Airforce Jet. The jet is manned by Kenya Airforce and it is preserve for the head of state and no other government official can use it not even the Deputy President.


Although the CS has been given the mandate to oversee the funeral of the late former President Moi in making sure all that will be related to the burial be successful with state honors as a former President, Matiangi is seen making powerful presidential moves in the absence of Uhuru Kenyatta.

On Tuesday, hours after the death of the late President was announced, Deputy President William Ruto sent his message of condolences to Moi’s family and kenyans outside Harambe Annex but concluded his remarks saying the other directives will be made by the government.

” the other process that his Excellency the President has directed that will lead to the state funeral will be communicated by the government” said the DP

CS Fred Matiangi alongside Chief of Defense Forces General Samson Mwathethe and Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai were also seen walking together at Lee Funeral home which translates to a sign of Presidential powers.

Deputy President William Ruto also dismissed the isolation in Moi’s burial on thursday night in an interview with Citizen TV saying it is a propaganda and a misleading information.

“I think this isolation talk is petty and it is nonsensical. If you want to know my role go read the constitution” said William Ruto.

Government officials led by Interior CS Fred Matiangi have convened a meeting on Thursday to give a direction to the public about plans the state had put in place over the funeral of the late Moi while the DP Ruto was at the requiem mass of Ole Ntimama’s daughter vivian.

It is not clear whether the President has the power to appoint anyone to man the government in his absence, but now it is evident that Fred Matiangi is the boss of the Country till the president returns.

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