Magoha Summoned By EACC For Publicly ‘Bullying’ An Officer
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has been summoned to appear at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) headquarters on Wednesday 18th November 2020. The CS is expected to record a statement over accusations of insulting an officer in his ministry.
Through a letter, EACC invited Prof Magoha to appear before Mr. David Mutua and Ms Celestine Awiti, and record a statement over the incident.
The commission revealed that EACC Act, 2011 of the Constitution mandates it to probe Magoha for breaching the code of conduct when he visited Uasin Gishu County less than two weeks ago.
“The Commission pursuant to its constitutional and statutory mandate…is investigating allegations of unethical conduct touching on Cabinet Secretary of Education, regarding an incident that occurred at Langas Primary School, in Eldoret Town, on or about November 6, 2020, during a tour of the school,” the letter stated.
This move by EACC comes a few days after the Public Service Commission, PSC, withdrew CS Magoha’s human resource powers and delegated the same powers to Dr Belio Kipsang.
“… in view of the recent incident in the Ministry of Education relating to the role of the Authorised Officer, the Commission has in the meantime withdrawn the delegation of its powers and functions from the Cabinet Secretary, Prof. George Magoha, and delegated the said powers to the Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education, Dr Richard Belio Kipsang, CBS with immediate effect,” reads the PSC circular signed by Chairman Stephen Kirogo.
In response to the circular, Magoha said that only president Uhuru Kenyatta can withdraw his human resource functions and not any other person.
“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,” he said.
“While I do concede that I am not perfect, in the process of reforms of the magnitude required to improve service delivery in the education sector, I also recognize that this process is bound to generate resistance if tangible results are to be achieved. My management style which has proved successful over the years is walking about at the point of service delivery,” Magoha added.