Outgoing CS Matiang’i deactivates his official Twitter account after Ruto’s inauguration as president of Kenya.
Shortly after William Ruto took the oath of office as the fifth president of Kenya at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i shut down his Twitter account.
On Tuesday afternoon, his official account, which had more than 1.3 million followers, became inaccessible and turned blank.
“This account doesn’t exist,” read search results.
The deletion coincided with President William Ruto’s inauguration
Dr. Matiang’i has consistently been at odds with the former Deputy President Ruto, the former’s key political competitor, due to his vocal backing of Azimio Chief Raila Odinga throughout the campaign.
In the rift between former president Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto, who was then the Deputy President, outgoing CS Matiang’i was left in the midst, taking on some of the DP’s responsibilities.
Matiangi assumed coveted powers as the super CS during the government reorganization that infuriated Ruto and his allies.
He received harsh criticism from Ruto and his foot soldiers who charged him with using the criminal justice system as a weapon in the lead-up to the elections on August 9.
The deletion of his account also comes days after he penned an emotional farewell letter, thanking staff and Kenyans for giving him a chance to serve the country.
In the letter, he also absolved his ministry from accusations that he was hell-bent to manipulate the outcome of the August 9 elections.
“Despite immense criticism, scorn, and false accusations of scheming to manipulate and interfere with the General Election, our sector put up a stellar and professional performance in supporting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct the General Election,” he stated.