Stop Victimizing Mbaka: Human Rights Lobby Tells EACC
Uasin Gishu County Director of Education Dr. Gitonga Mbaka has recorded a statement at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) North Rift regional office. This comes two days after he was invited by the EACC to record a statement, following claims of gross misconduct by education cabinet secretary, Professor George Magoha.
EACC North Rift Director, Japhet Baithalu said that they summoned Mr. Gitonga to clear the air on the incident that occurred at Langas Primary School during an inspection tour by the CS a fortnight ago.
“We learnt this from the public that there were some issues that transpired and we wanted him to shed light on them,” Mr Baithalu said.
Minutes after recording the statement, Dr Mbaka said he had told EACC what he had to tell them. However, human rights groups, among them, Centre Against Torture, accused EACC victimizing the humble education official.
“We are apprehensive that this man (Mbaka) is being victimized because CS Magoha has not been summoned to record a statement. Prof Magoha is the aggressor while Dr Mbaka is the victim,” said Mr Kimutai Kirui, a member of the Centre against Torture group.
Mr Kirui requested President Uhuru Kenyatta to sack CS Magoha, calling him a bully who is not fit to hold any public office.
“We don’t want bullies in our offices. This is an outright abuse and misuse of office. Magoha should go home. I am afraid that Dr Mbaka, who is the victim here, may not be able to get justice because the aggressor has not been summoned to give his side of the story.”
Magoha accused Dr Mbaka of failure to inspect schools within his area of administration. It is however interesting enough to know that Magoha did not even know Dr. Mbaka, who happened to be his junior in the ministry. The viral video captures him asking, “Na huyu ni nani?”
Dr Mbaka was interrogated, together with Kapseret director of education on 19th November while Langas primary school head teacher recorded a statement on 18th November.