Magoha Defies Order Withdrawing His Powers

  • Education CS George Magoha in parlaiment on September 30, 2020.
    Education CS George Magoha in parliament on September 30, 2020.
  • Update: Education CS George Magoha has dismissed the withdrawal of his human resource authority by the Public Service Commission, insisting that only President Kenyatta can issue such an order.

    "I thank all officers within the education sector for their diligence and continue to persuade the few who are left behind to join us in delivering for the Kenyan child as a team.

    "Unless otherwise directed by my appointing authority, I shall continue to perform all my duties and responsibilities with zeal and commitment and ensure that all officers in the Ministry of Education perform their duties for the benefit of the Kenyan child, parents and all education stakeholders," Magoha stated in a statement sent to newsrooms on Saturday, November 14. 

    Education PS Belio Kipsang consults with KNEC acting CEO Mercy Karogo at an education forum in 2019

    On Friday, November 13, he responded to PSC's decision to delegate his duties to his Principal Secretary Dr. Belio Kipsang. 

    While assessing the government's desk project in Yumbisye Secondary School in Kitui Central the CS regretted the incident where he was captured insulting a County Director of Education

    "I would like to state without any fear of contradiction that in my life, which is not very young and not very old, I have learned that nobody is perfect. 

    "If anybody has seen a perfect person, you should tell me that person. What drives me is practicing Christianity," the CS stated.

    He further advised all public servants and Kenyans to undertake their duties with zeal and passion. Magoha added that God should be the centre focus of any endeavour anyone sets their eyes on. 

    "What I want to tell you and those who have seen us elsewhere is that if you have a job to do please ensure that you do it and you do it in a timely manner. Once you have done your best leave the rest to God," Magoha said. 

    PSC Chairman Stephen Kirogo addressed the circular directing changes in the Education Ministry to the chairpersons of Public Universities Councils and copied to the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua on Friday, November 13.

    The PSC chair noted the commission was exercising its powers of protecting public servants against undignified and unwarranted attacks, reiterating that the execution of delegated authority is designed to foster public confidence and maintain the integrity and dignity of the public service.

    Reports alleged that President Uhuru Kenyatta was not impressed by Magoha's conduct and is also dissatisfied with the way the CS has handled school disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

    The move by PSC has divided education stakeholders with Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) Chairman Omboko Milemba supporting the move. Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion, however, supported Magoha for disciplining his juniors. 

    TSC CEONancy Macharia, Bellio Kipsang CS Education Prof George Magoha and other Education while releasing 2019 KCPE results on December 18, 2019
    TSC CEONancy Macharia, Bellio Kipsang CS Education Prof George Magoha and other Education while releasing 2019 KCPE results on December 18, 2019
    Simon Kiragu