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Saturday, 08 Jul 2017 13:04 EAT
President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Education CS Fred Matiang'i as acting Interior CS following the death of Joseph Nkaissery who suddenly died this morning a few hours after he was admitted at Karen Hospita for check-up.
“I have taken this morning the decision to appoint Dr Fred Matiang’i acting Cabinet Secretary for Internal Security to ensure there is no vacuum. I wish to assure Kenyans and all our friends of good faith that Kenya is secure and I wish to take this opportunity also to let those who wish to see a destabilized Kenya, an unsettled Kenya, that we are strong and we are ready”, he said from State House, Nairobi.
Before naming Mataing’i, President Kenyatta mourned the late Nkaissery saying he has personally lost a friend, a colleague, whom as late as yesterday spent part of the day praying together for peace for this country, ‘whom as late as 9.30pm last night we were discussing issues pertaining and relating to peace, to unity in this country’.
The President said “today is a sad day for Kenya and all our people. We lost a gallant officer, an officer who has for the most part of his life served with total dedication and love for his country. Maj General Joseph Nkaissery was a man who believed in this country, believed in the principles and foundation on which this country was built.
He termed Nkaissery as man who dedicated most of his life to serving this great nation Indeed on one of his last notes he spent discussing his great passion, which was Kenya’s preparedness for the Junior Athletics (IAAF U18 Championships) that is supposed to commence in the next few days.
“I take this opportunity to offer my personal condolences to his family, his wife and children in particular, to his friends, the Maa community, who have lost a great leader in their community. I call on Kenyans across the political divide to mourn in peace and to uphold his singular mission of a peaceful united Kenya.
Following the death of the CS, President Kenyatta convened a National Security Council meeting that assessed the security situation in the country.
Sources close to Mr Nkaissery said he went to Karen Hospital on Friday evening after leaving Uhuru Park where he accompanied President Uhuru Kenyatta at a prayer event at Nairobi’s Uhuru Park.
Life and Times of Nkaissery
He was born in November 28, 1949.
His name is Joseph Kasaine Ole Nkaissery
1960 – 1966 Primary school student
1967 – 1970 Secondary school student
1971 - 1972 Student of Kenyatta College (dropped out)
1985 - 1986 Student of Defence Staff College (B Ed, (Pioneer Class) dropped out)
1996 - 1997 Student of United State Army War College (International fellow programmes)
March 10, 2013 - December 2, 2014 MP for Kajiado Central on Orange Democratic Movement ticket
February 13, 2013 - 2014 - Coalition member of Coalition for Reforms and Democracy
2007 - 2014 MP for Kajiado Central of ODM
December 18, 2014 - July 7, 2017 - Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government of Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government
December 2002 - Commandant of Armed Forces Training College and GOC Westcom
1999 - 2002 - GOC Western of Kenya Army
1997 - 1998 - Deputy Commandant/Chief Instructor of Kenya Army
1994 - 1996 - Brigade Commander of Kenya Army
1992 - 1993 - Chief of Personnel of Kenya Army
1987 - 1991 - Military Assistant to the Chief of General Staff of Kenya Army
1986 - Battalion Second in Command of Kenya Army
1982 - Combat Instructor of Kenya Army