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Kenyans question cabinet secretaries’ political neutrality

By Jeff Otieno
Posted on Wednesday, 24 November 2021 18:01

Kenya's finance minister to present the budget to parliament
Kenyan members of parliament in Nairobi, Kenya June 10, 2021. REUTERS/Monicah Mwangi

As the countdown to next year’s general election begins, Kenyan government officials who had been seen as politically neutral have been throwing caution to the wind. Recent controversial statements and endorsements have left many would-be voters questioning the state's commitment to a free and fair poll.

On paper, last month’s meeting at Mwongori High School in western Kenya was billed as a simple fundraiser within the political backyard of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

However, the list of VIPs on the program revealed that it was more than just a show of support for a worthy cause. Joining Matiang’i on stage was presidential hopeful Raila Odinga, who is also the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader.