The Secretary-General of the Central Organization of Trade Unions (Kenya) (COTU), Francis Atwoli has come out defending the Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha over insult claims. Atwoli has asked the EACC to leave Magoha alone.
This comes some two weeks after Prof. Magoha was reported to have insulted Uasin Gishu County Director of Education Gitonga Mbaka at Langas Primary School Eldoret on 6th of November.
One week later government agencies have initiated an array of actions on the CS. The Public service Commission being on the lead where it has since stripped the CS of his Human Resources powers.
Meanwhile, the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) has launched investigations into Prof. Magoha’s conduct. On Wednesday, the EACC grilled Gitonga Mbaka at the education offices in Eldoret where he recorded a statement over the matter.
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However, COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli has defended the embattled CS urging the EACC to channel its energies elsewhere. The COTU boss termed Magoha’s conduct usual disciplinary action arguing that we ought to have disciplinary leaders.
“I want the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission to keep off. I reported a case to them involving billions of money at the NSSF in 2012 and wrote a statement, up to date nobody knows where that case ended.”
Fitina issues: Leave Magoha alone, Atwoli tells EACC.
Atwoli in his statement dubbed the incident as “fitina” (harassment) issues. According to him, the EACC had better-shunned furtherance of pursuit against the CS.
“And now when they hear fitina issues on the Cabinet Secretary they are rushing there. Oh, we are investigating, what you are investigating an obvious matter. There must be discipline in our institutions. We must have disciplinarians as leaders, and we must have cabinet secretaries who are disciplined…”
During his visit to Kosawo Primary School in Kisumu on Thursday to assess the delivery of desks, Prof. Magoha’s aides are also said to have assaulted a nation’s photojournalist. Furthermore, Magoha proceeded to address the press at the end of his tour.