President Uhuru Sends Matiang’I to the UAE for an Official Trip
On Monday, February 22nd, President Uhuru Kenyatta sent the super CS Fred Mating’I to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a special trip.
Interior Security Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’I was sent by Uhuru to deliver a personal message to the UAE President His Highness Khalifa Bin Zayed.
Matiang’I is also expected to negotiate on a possible means of easing the VISA restrictions for Kenyans traveling to the UAE.
Matiang’I was received by Khalifa Bin Zayed at the Abu Dhabi International Airport where he inspected a guard of honor before proceeding to the President’s Palace for a closed-door meeting.
Later the CS held a meeting with the RTD General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of UAE.
"The focus of their bilateral discussions was closer security sector collaboration between the UAE and Kenya. The duo also discussed the possible easing of VISA restrictions for Kenyans traveling to the UAE in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic," the Interior Ministry announced.
The Jubilee government has maintained good relations between the two countries wherein 2019, Kenya lobbed Dubai officials to supports Kenyatta’s Big Four Agendas.
Matiang’I’s recent roles see him chairing several Cabinet meetings in President’s absentia and also represented Kenyatta in several functions.
The promotion of Matiang’I saw President Kenyatta pushing his Deputy to the sideline after an apparent rift widening between the two leaders.