In Summary
  • But such analysis, the permutations it triggers, and horse-trading thereof I leave to my better informed compatriots on the political desk who eat, drink, sleep and dream politics
  • Nairobi hosted a memorable global competition, the immediate reward being the city handed rights to host the bigger and more prestigious IAAF World Under-20 Championships in 11 months’ time
  • Matiang’i could be called upon to do a “Nkaissery” with constant delays threatening the delivery of a successful championship

Dr Fred Okengo Matiang’i has a lot on his plate.

And he has executed his responsibilities as Interior Cabinet Secretary with distinction, so far, with his erstwhile performance in the Education docket equally impeccable.

It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that his legion of followers are daring to wager on the “super minister” ascending to the house on the hill in 2022, in an expected ferocious battle with Deputy President, Dr William Kipchirchir Samoei Arap Ruto, inter alia.

But such analysis, the permutations it triggers, and horse-trading thereof I leave to my better informed compatriots on the political desk who eat, drink, sleep and dream politics.

Right up my alley, I know Matiang’i has a monumental role to play in helping Kenya’s beleaguered sport get out of the woods.

Two years back, his predecessor, the late Major General (Rtd) Joseph Kasaine Ole Nkaissery, almost single-handedly delivered the IAAF World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi, personally taking charge of the build-up to this major competition.

He whipped contractors into action, kept the Mwangi Muthee-led Local Organising Committee on its toes and ensured deadlines were met, at a time the lethargic Sports ministry dragged its feet in legendary fashion.

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