The Uasin Gishu Director of Communication Gitonga Mbaka who was seen being insulted by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha in a video that went viral last week has broken his silence over the incident.
While speaking to The Nation, the old education official, who is set to retire in March 2021, said that he had forgiven CS Magoha over the Langas Primary School incident.
Mbaka stated that he is focused to serve the country and his greatest wish was to retire and go home peacefully.
“I have forgiven the CS, and I am focused on serving the country as I prepare for my retirement in March 2021 after over 35 years of service in the Education Sector,” Mbaka said.
The quite scholar termed his humiliation by the CS as unfortunate, stating that he was never going to engage Magoha in a verbal exchange.
“There was no way I was going to engage the CS in an exchange of words when there were pupils there. It could have been a sign of disrespect,” said Mbaka.
Dr Mbaka further told the Nation that he has not received any apology or communication of any sort from the ministry over the incident.
He has however gotten text messages and calls from his colleagues who have had similar experiences with the CS.
He added that before the unfortunate incident, Magoha had inspected the school and was satisfied by the school’s preparations to fight Covid-19. However, the CS’s mood changed abruptly after the media showed up.
“Other officials and I had taken the CS around the classrooms at Langas Primary School and he was satisfied that there were enough desks, thermo guns, and even water points for washing hands.”
“There was, however, change in after he saw the media and turned the focus on me asking why the school was untidy.”
“Efforts to explain to him that construction activities were going on at the institution bore no fruit,” Dr Mbaka recalled.
Magoha reprimanded Dr Mbaka for what he termed as his failure to inspect schools in his jurisdiction.
When he demanded answers on why the school was in the state he found it, Dr Mbaka stepped forward to explain, but Prof Magoha would hear none of it.
“Sir, I said I have a report… this is being addressed,” Dr Mbaka says in the clip.
“Nikisema wewe ni mjinga ni uongo? (If I say that you are fool, would I be lying?) You are talking about the report, I’m talking about what is here.”
“Sir, we have noted. We’re working on it.”
“Unaweza enda! (You can leave!) Get away from this meeting! Wewe ni mjinga kabisa! (You’re a complete fool)!” an angry Prof Magoha says.