Magoha Appoints Philip Murgor to Lead Legal Team in Defending CBC

  • Education CS George Magoha speaking during a press briefing on Wednesday, April 14
    Education CS George Magoha speaking during a press briefing on Wednesday, April 14
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  • Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, has constituted a legal team to defend the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) in court.

    CS Magoha has acquired legal representation from the Murgor and Murgor Advocates in defense against a suit filed by High Court advocate, Esther Ang'awa, seeking to stop the further implementation of CBC.

    The law firm belongs to former Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and 2017 presidential hopeful, Philip Murgor. 

    Murgor was also among the candidates who unsuccessfully contested for the position of the Chief Justice following the retirement of David Maraga.

    Senior Counsel Philip Murgor during the interviews for CJ on Friday, April 16, 2021.
    Senior Counsel Philip Murgor during the interviews for CJ position on Friday, April 16, 2021.
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    Murgor has appeared in high-profile cases including the one involving the demise of dutch tycoon, Tob Cohen, where he is representing the tycoon's wife, Sarah Wairimu.

    He was appointed to the legal team that defended President Daniel Arap Moi in election petitions filed after the first multiparty General Election in 1992.

    In 1995, he was appointed by the Central Bank of Kenya to unravel the Goldenberg scandal and recover the billions lost through graft.

    In the new task, Murgor has been tasked to defend the Ministry of Education and ensure that the plot to stop the implementation of CBC does not succeed.

    The petition, which Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President, Nelson Havi, is seeking to stop CBC until a proper and well thought through implementation plan is drawn.

    "An order of injunction be issued restraining the government from further implementing the Kenya Competence Based Curriculum introduced through the basic Basic Education Curriculum Framework, 2017 and Sessional Paper 1 of 2019 on Policy Framework for Reforming Education and Training for Sustainable Development in place of the existing system and structure of basic education (8-4-4) codified under Section 41 of the Basic Education Act no 14 of 2013 and the existing curriculum in respect thereto," reads part of the petitioners' prayers to court.

    Havi also wants Chief Justice Martha Karambu Koome to constitute a bench to hear and determine the matter.

    "That the notice of motion filed herein, together with the petition, seeks certification as the same raises substantial and novel questions requiring consideration by an even number of judges, being not less than five to be assigned by the Chief Justice," Havi stated in his petition.

    However, the National Parents Association chairman, Nicholas Maiyo, said they would be moving to court to defend CBC arguing that stopping its implementation will disrupt the education system.

    "We are the representatives of over 10 million parents of this country, who have taken their kids to public schools and we have not spoken. So, we want to state our case to you, that we will join the case," Maiyo stated.

    Senior Counsel Philip Murgor appearing for the CJ interviews on Friday, April 16, 2021.
    Senior Counsel Philip Murgor appearing for the CJ interviews on Friday, April 16, 2021.
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