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Would you vote for Interior CS Fred Matiang’i as your president in 2022? Several political analysts claim that the powerful CS may be endorsed by both President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga for the big seat.

It is believed that it is the fear of Matiang’i vying for the presidency, that has sent Deputy President William Ruto’s allies in panic mode and they are now attacking him from all corners. A Tanga tanga senator is on record saying that Matiang’i cannot even be elected a village elder.

On Friday, Matiang’i laid bare his intentions when he landed at a fundraiser in Kirinyaga County accompanied by six governors and more than 50 MPs.

He also spoke very highly of the handshake between Uhuru and Raila and didn’t shy away from attacking Ruto and his Tanga Tanga Group.

Matiang’i has never vied for an elective post in his life. But despite being a political greenhorn, the former University of Nairobi don has performed exceptionally well since joining Cabinet in 2013. He first came to the limelight during his tenure as ICT Minister where he brushed shoulders with media owners during the digital migration in 2015.

He is most remembered for his time as Education CS where he cracked down on the runaway exam cheating. There is no doubt that Matiang’i is arguably the most powerful CS of our time.

Is this son of Kisii ready for the presidency?

Here are the stories making headlines on Opera News:

Ruto Troops Retreat to Naivasha to Plan for BBI

President Uhuru Kenyatta flanked by Deputy President William Ruto addressing leaders from Turkana, Samburu, Baringo and West Pokot Counties at Sate House
President Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto address leaders from Turkana, Samburu and Baringo Counties

Deputy President William Ruto’s Rift Valley allies have organised a two-day retreat expected to culminate in a declaration on the 2022 presidential succession.

The leaders will also use the retreat to study the Building Bridges Initiative report — whose implementation has split the ruling Jubilee Party — then adopt a common position.

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Lamu Residents Discipline Stubborn Cops

Lamu residents arrested two cops

Two Lamu police officers on patrol in Mararani were beaten and tied up on Sunday by residents who accused them of harassment.

Lamu county commissioner Irungu Macharia said on Monday investigations are underway and arrests have been made.

Accounts by officials and residents differ wildly.

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Raila, Ruto Allies Argue in Mombasa

The rivalry between Deputy President William Ruto and Opposition chief Raila Odinga played out in Mombasa as their foot soldiers quarrelled on Saturday over the Building Bridges Initiative.

Raila wants the BBI report to be put to the people in a referendum while Ruto wants it to go through Parliament.

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Lionel Messi has cemented his place as the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) after winning a record-setting sixth Ballon d’Or. However, some people believe the Barcelona star didn’t deserve to win the award since the team performed dismally in the Champions League. Do you think Messi deserved this?

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