Matiang'i Deletes Twitter Account

Spot checks revealed that the account was nowhere to be found, even on search suggestions.

Matiang'i Deletes Twitter Account
Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i. /FILE

Outgoing Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS), Fred Matiang'i, has deactivated his Twitter account.

Spot checks by Viral Tea revealed that the account was nowhere to be found, even on search suggestions.

The deletion came at the same time as President William Ruto's swearing-in ceremony and came after he wrote his humble farewell letter to the Inspector General of Police, Deputy Inspectors General of Police, Director of Criminal Investigations, Commissioners General of Prisons, Director General, Kenya Coast Guard Services, Director General, Immigration and Regional Commissioners.

"This account doesn’t exist," read search results.

A screenshot showing Fred Matiang'i's Twitter account already deactivated. /FILE

Matiang'i's decision to delete his account is similar to what retired President Uhuru Kenyatta did in 2019.

The letter dated Friday, September 9 saw him take them on a journey down memory lane to July 15, 2017, when he was appointed to the docket following the death of Major General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery.

He praised his tenure as the tough-talking CS which was full of milestones he said his Ministry had surpassed. He also thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for giving him the opportunity to exercise his mandate to the best of his capability, after he served in four different ministries.

"In the life of a man, there is nothing nobler than being called to serve your country. I came to this Ministry on Saturday, 15th July 2017, at 12.50 p.m., following the demise of Major General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaiserry (may his soul continue resting in peace).  

"As my tour of duty comes to an end, I exult in the pride of knowing that we have not only honoured expectations but exceeded them by important and evident milestones. History will vindicate our legacy,’ said the CS.

Matiang'i began naming some of the achievements he was proud of during his tenure, including tackling the triple threats of female genital mutilation (FGM), teenage pregnancies, and sexual violence that plagued the Kenyan girls that have been tamed to an all-time low.

He also cited important improvements in service delivery of essential services domiciled in the ministry such as the issuance of birth and death certificates, IDs, passports, and motor vehicle registration that have been realised. As a result, Kenyans now get these services within reduced time and at more locations across the country obviating the need for expensive and time-wasting travel.

He further pointed out that through a multi-agency approach to security, the war against terrorism, extremism and organized crime had borne fruit.

In the letter, he also refuted claims that security agencies attempted to disrupt the 2022 general elections, noting that his security personnel had outperformed themselves in the critical process which was recognised by election observers around the world.

“Despite immense criticism, scorn and false accusations of scheming to manipulate and interfere with the General Election, our sector put up a stellar and professional performance in supporting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct the General Election. This has been lauded by election observers and Kenya's Development Partners," he added.

Interior CS, Fred Matiang'i, speaking during a past media address. /CAPITAL GROUP