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CS Magoha stripped off HR functions after referring to education official as “a fool”

The Public Service Commission (PSC) on Friday, November 13 withdrew all human resource functions that had been delegated to the Ministry of Education CS George Magoha.

PSC Chairperson Stephen Kirogo said that those functions have been handed over to Early Learning and Basic Education Permanent Secretary (PS) Belio Kipsang, with immediate effect.

“All human resource matters requiring the attention of the Public Service Commission shall henceforth be handled by Dr Kipsang as Authorized Officer of the Ministry until further notice,” said Kirogo.

According to PSC, the move to strip of human resource functions from the Cabinet Secretary (CS) was in exercise of the commission’s powers and commitment to protect public servants against undignified and unwarranted attacks.

PSC insists that the execution of delegated authority is designed to foster public confidence and maintain the integrity and dignity of the public service.

“The purpose of this general letter is to inform you that in view of the recent incident in the Ministry of Education relating to the role of the Authorized Officer, the Commission has in the meantime withdrawn the delegation of its powers and functions from the Cabinet Secretary, Prof. George A. O. Magoha, CBS 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 circular that has been sent to chairpersons of Public Universities Councils and copied to the Head of Public Service Dr. Joseph Kinyua, informing them of PSC’s decision.

CS Magoha has been the subject of criticism for some time now after a video of him dressing down Uasin Gishu County Director of Education Gitonga Mbaka surfaced online.

In the video, Magoha was faulting the official over the state of Langas Primary School, he even referes to him as “mjinga kabisa- very silly”.

A section of Kenyans demanded Magoha to issue a public apology to the officer, while some called for his resignation.

This incidence has prompted the PSC to direct all authorised officers to act in a manner that is consistent with the provisions of the Constitution, applicable statutory requirements, regulations, policies, guidelines and manuals for effective management of the public service.

During a tour at Yumbisye Secondary School in Kitui Central on Friday, November 13, CS Magoha expressed regret over the incident, saying that nobody is perfect.

Although he did not offer a clear apology as demanded by education stakeholders, the CS said that he is driven by Christian values, urging that all officers to do their job at their level best and in a timely manner.

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