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There was an awkward moment on Tuesday morning when Interior Cabinet Secretary nominee Kithure Kindiki forgot to recognise his boss.

While appearing before the National Assembly appointment committee during his vetting, he said that he said he had no problem working under former President Uhuru Kenyatta instead of President William Ruto.

“I have no problem working under Vice President Rigathi Gachagua together with President Uhuru Kenyatta,” he said amid laughter from members of the panel.

He added that he served under the former president ‘until he threw me out for no reason”.

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Prof Kindiki has been rising, painting a picture of a very lucky or smart person.

He has served as Senator for Tharaka-Nithi, a post he held in 2013 and 2017 polls.

He clinched the seat on his first attempt at elective politics.

He was then elected the first leader of the Majority in the Senate, a position he held until he became the Deputy Speaker after the 2017 general elections.

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Interior Cabinet Secretary nominee Kindiki Kithure addresses a Kenya Kwanza Alliance campaign rally at Thiba grounds in Kirinyaga County. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI

He was de-whipped from the position in 2020, a casualty of the fall-out between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his then-deputy Ruto.

Before joining politics, he served as a lecturer at Moi and Nairobi universities and started his teaching career in 1999 as a Law lecturer at Moi University.

Prof Kindiki was born on July 17, 1972, and brought up in Irundini village in Tharaka constituency Tharaka Nithi County.

He holds a master’s degree in international human rights law and democracy and a PhD in international law, both from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

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