Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi has said that Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’I does not have what serious presidential candidate must have to contest for the Presidency ahead of the much-awaited 2022 General Election.
Speaking in a television interview on TV47 on Monday, July 5, the deputy governor said that the super CS does not have a bloc of votes, a basic requirement for any presidential candidate expecting to win the presidency.
Maangi further argued that Matiang’i has failed to control just two counties of Kisii and Nyamira hence cannot convince the entire nation to vote in his favor.
“In Kenyan politics, for you to stand a chance at the national level, you need to have a bloc of votes. I doubt if Fred Matiang’i controls Kisii and Nyamira,” Maangi said.
In June, Nakuru Town West MP Samwel Arama disclosed Matiang’i will contest for the presidential seat in the 2022 General Election.
“I know why they are doing this, but I want to confirm that the CS will be on the ballot whether you like it or not, and we will support him. The president (Uhuru) said he would surprise people when it comes to choosing his successor; you never know,” the Jubilee MP Said.
The Kisii deputy governor also accused the CS of being at loggerheads with several regional leaders, adding he doubted he would receive support from them.
A section of leaders including ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna accused the CS of being the mastermind of police brutality experienced during the Bonchari polls where leaders were arrested and detained without charge.
“Matiangi behaved like a beast, clobbering his own people in Kisii like they are animals. Uhuru must sack Matiang’i or send him to the ministry of wildlife. He will be at home,” Sifuna said.