Old Man in Magoha's Insult Video Speaks Out

Education CS George Magoha (left) at Langas Primary School in Uasin Gishu on Friday, November 6, 2020.
Education CS George Magoha (left) at Langas Primary School in Uasin Gishu on Friday, November 6, 2020.

Education official captured in a viral video being insulted by Education CS George Magoha has broken his silence over the incident.

The Uasin Gishu Director of Communication Gitonga Mbaka who had a run-in with Magoha last week told Nation that he had forgiven the CS.

Mbaka who is set to retire in March 2021 stated that his greatest wish was to retire and go home in peace.

"I have forgiven the CS, and I am focused on serving the country as I prepare for my retirement in March 2021 after over 35 years of service in the Education Sector," stated Mbaka.

Education CS George Magoha assesses Langas Primary School in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County on Friday, November 6, 2020

Magoha faulted Mbaka on Friday, November 6, over the poor state of Langas Primary School during his tour of the region.

In the video that attracted widespread outrage, Magoha was captured reprimanding the grey-haired senior citizen before dismissing him.

Speaking about the clip, Mbaka noted that Magoha was satisfied by the school's preparations to fight Covid-19, but his mood changed abruptly when the media showed up.

He is said to have started insulting Mbaka despite his (the county director's) efforts to explain to the CS why some sections of the schools were untidy.

"I and the officials had taken the CS around the classrooms at Langas Primary School, and he was satisfied that there were enough desks, thermo guns and even water points for washing hands.

"There was, however, change after he saw the media, and turned the focus on me asking why the school was untidy," stated Mbaka.

"Efforts to explain to him that the construction activities were going on at the institution bore no fruit," he added.

Addressing the clip, the CS vowed to continue dispensing his mandate even though the Public Service Commission (PSC) stripped the Human Resource powers from his job description.

"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. 

Below is the video of Magoha dressing down a county official:

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