On Tuesday, the president nominated Kajiado Central member of parliament Joseph Nkaissery as interior cabinet secretary. He replaced under pressure Joseph Ole Lenku who is reported to be gearing up for the Kajiado Central seat.

The security docket is now under Nkaissery who has a huge task ahead of him. As he takes up office here are 10 ten things you probably did not know about him.

1. He was born in November 28 1949, making him 65 years old. Served in the army since 1987 when he was appointed the Military Assistant to the Chief of General Staff.

2.  He was in the pioneer education class (B. Ed) at the Kenyatta College, now Kenyatta University in 1971 but dropped out after one year of studying.

3. His last job in the army before retiring was as a commandant of the Armed Forces Training College and GOC Westcom. He retired in December 2002  after 15 years of service.

4.  He has been the Kajiado central member of parliament since 2003.

5. In 2009, he was part of the William Ntimama – led group that was opposed to a deal between the government and Rift Valley leaders for Mau evictees to be compensated. They called for their immediate eviction to save the country from environmental degradation.

6. In 2010, he told parliament that two Kenyan soldiers, Senior Sergeant Jonathan Kipkosgei Kangogo and Corporal Evan Mutoro, had been captured in Somalia on July 24. This was before Kenya Defense Forces went into Somalia.

7. It was during his tenure as Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Defence that Kenya Defence Forces invaded Somalia and in 2011 Operation Linda Nchi  launched.

8. In November 2010, along with Defence Minister Yusuf Hajj, fellow assistant David Musila and Military head Julius Karangi appeared before a parliamentary committee over the controversial purchase of used Air Force jets from Jordan.

9. While doubling as an assistant minister and MP, he always attended parliament sittings and was at one point lauded while other ministers and their assistants were blacklisted for failing to respond to scheduled questions.

10. Should he be appointed Interior Cabinet Secretary,  he will become the third politician in the Jubilee cabinet.

 

Courtesy Nairobi News