BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,8TH JULY 2017-President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi to the Interior ministry on acting capacity, following the death of Joseph Nkaissery.
President Kenyatta said he made the quick decision to ensure there is no vacuum in the management of the country’s security.
“I have taken the decision to appoint Dr Fred Matiangi as the acting Minister for Internal Security to ensure that there is no vacuum,” the president said in a televised address from State House, Nairobi.
The president he last spoke to Nkaissery at9.30 pm, “we were discussing issues pertaining to peace and unity for this country and indeed in one of his last night we spend time discussing his great passion which is Kenya’s preparedness in the junior athletics which will be commencing in the next few days.”
He urged Kenyans to remain calm and await postmortem results to show the cause of Nkaissery’s death.
Although a statement from State House Chief of Staff Joseph Kinyua stated that he died at Karen Hospital where he had gone for a medical check up, details emerged Saturday morning indicating that Interior Cabinet Secretary was rushed to hospital after collapsing in his house.
According to leaders quoting his security detail and family members, Nkaissery had just taken dinner with his family, did regular exercises before he collapsed and was rushed to Karen Hospital where he was pronounced dead, in what is believed to be a heart attack.