Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha [photo: Citizen TV]
Nov, 19th 2020 – Education CS George Magoha is expected to appear before the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, over insult accusations.
This is after a video of the CS insulting Uasin Gishu County Education Director, Gitonga Mbaka, was circulated on the internet. The probe by EACC comes days after the Public Service Commission transferred Magoha’s human resource powers to junior PS Belio Kipsang’.
Gitonga recorded a statement with the EACC spending two hours at the offices in Eldoret town. He revealed to reporters that he demanded EACC team to visit the school in question, Langas primary school to establish its hygienic standards following Magohs’s claims that it was filthy.
He said, “I have said all that I wanted to say to the EACC. I insisted to the EACC officers that we go to Langas Primary and see that ‘filthy’ school. In fact, other head-teachers have been there for benchmarking. I think the picture is itself a story confirming that truly the summons were honored and I duly made my statement as requested.“
The EACC sent a letter to Magoha inviting him to appear before its officers David Mutua and Celestine Awiti to record a statement over the incident. In the letter, it stated that, “The commission pursuant to its constitutional and statutory mandate , is investigating allegations of unethical conduct touching on Cabinet SeCretary of education Prof. George Magoha regarding an incident that occurred at Langas Primary School in Eldoret town on or about November 6th 2020, during a tour of the school.”
When confronted with the reality of his actions, Magoha came out with a documented defense saying that he was not perfect and that his actions have bore fruits in the sector. “While I do concede that I am not perfect, in the process of reforms of the magnitude required to improve services delivery in the Education sector, I also recognize that this process is bound to generate resistance if tangible results are to be achieved. The management style which has proved successful over the years is walking about at the point of service delivery.”