Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof George Magoha found himself on the receiving end yet again yesterday with MPs accusing him of arrogance and poor people management skills.
The MPs drawn from the National Assembly’s Education Committee accused Magoha of bullying education officials and demanded that he not only apologises for his outbursts but also treats his juniors with decorum.
In a rejoinder, Magoha reiterated that his job entailed protecting children and parents, and that he was ready to step aside if he was not meeting that goal.
“Nobody should be surprised at how I do things. I was in KNEC (official). I made things work and now I am here to protect the interest of the parents and children. I cannot do that I have no business being here,” he stated.
“It is about time that the person who appointed him reviews that decision and he should make an apology to people he has been insulting, the CS is arrogant and should change,” said Cherangany MP, Joshua Kutuny.
Kutuny also accused Magoha of poor communication, saying the fact that he runs a very critical docket requires him to give information adequately, especially with regards to resumption of learning.
The infuriated MPs at one point challenged the Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe, who had appeared before the committee to answer various questions related to Covid-19, to coach Magoha on how to deal with people.
“It is important that the CS improves on his public relations skills, he should deal with different situations with decorum,” said the committee’s chairperson, Sabina Chege said.
However, Lamu Women Representative Ruweida Obbo defended the CS saying he was justified to demand for answers from the official.
“Sometimes the people mandated to do the job on the ground fail to do so and the CS was justified to act the way he did,” said Obbo.
Kagwe however steered clear of the matter, saying he could not speak for Magoha.
“I am not defending CS Magoha in anyway but we all have different ways of working,” said Kagwe.
Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary General Wilson Sossion also defended the CS saying Magoha had every right to be strict on his officers.
He said the CS is working to ensure the safety of all staff in schools by making education officials accountable
“Schools in the current global Covid-19 pandemic spike are exempt from lockdowns but should only operate under strict terms.
This is where Magoha as a medic is enforcing with zeal including strictly directing his officers,” Sossion said.