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Matiangi: Why I didn’t contest against Raila, Ruto

Fred Matiang’i has opened up on why he opted against contesting for the presidency in the August 2022 polls.

In an interview with NTV, Matiang’i also conceeded he was flattered by the idea of those proposing him serve the country as President but he could not pursue two ambitions at the same time.

He also hinted at contesting for the presidency in 2027.

“This journey continues it hasn’t stopped. I may have deferred some of my ambitions to be able to do what I’m doing right now and continue to do things I need to do. But we continue on this journey and on this trajectory of public service,” he said.

Considered the most powerful minister in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s regime, the tough speaking Matiang’i thanked the Head of State for the opportunity to serve in Cabinet for a decade.

“There is nothing more noble than to be asked to serve your country whether as a watchman, as a police officer, as a cabinet minister or as a president because many people go through life without getting this particular opportunity.”

He also reiterated his support for Raila Odinga in the forthcoming polls.

Odinga, the Azimio la Umoja presidential flagbearer and Deputy President William Ruto are considered favourites to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Matiang’i has served as Cabinet Secretary for the ICT, Education and Interior dockets.