• Matiang'i called on security officials to take pride in delivering the most peaceful election in the history of Kenya.
• "As a front row witness to your many sacrifices, I will carry with me indelible memories of your valour."
In a life of a man, there is nothing nobler than being called to serve your country.
These were the words of Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang'i to Kenyans as he exit the office.
In an emotional letter full of gratitude for his time in the public service, Matiang'i reminisced key moments and people during his tenure even as thanked those he worked with.
"At this ministry, we have collectively strived to deliver service to our citizens. We have done this while improving the welfare of the gallant men and women in the security sector," Matiang'i said.
"As a front row witness to your many sacrifices, I will carry with me indelible memories of your valour."
Matiang'i called on security officials to take pride in delivering the most peaceful election in the history of Kenya.
He noted that the outcome of the presidential petitions did not indict the security forces in any way, a sign of professionalism in the sector.
"The dawn of a new administration is at hand. I invite you to take deserved pride in your role as security providers for supporting the delivery of the most peaceful elections in the history of Kenya.
"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," the CS said.
Matiang'i added that he is leaving the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government as a man rich in the shared knowledge of public institutions.
He thanked President Kenyatta for giving him the chance to serve in four different ministries in a span of 10 years.
Matiang'i also commended Principal Secretaries Karanja Kibicho (Interior), Zeinab Hussein and Sabina Kwekwe (Correctional Services), Inspector Generals Joseph Boinett (former) and Hillary Mutyambai as well as Commissioners Generals of Prisons Isaiah Osugo, Wycliffe Ogallo and Brig (Rtd) John Warioba.