Inside Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and his education colleague George Magoha yesterday, June 24, warned police and teachers not to get involved in partisan politics.
They said police and teachers are civil servants and should not be heeded Engage in petty politics designed to cause disharmony. At the same time, Prof. Magoha dismissed a report from the Auditor General that said millions of funds earmarked for the purchase of desks and lockers went unaccounted for.
Dr. Matiang’i and Prof. Magoha spoke in Kisii County where they laid the foundation for Nyaura Primary School to be rebuilt at a cost of Sh 50 million. The money was raised earlier this year by the Gusii Professionals Association, of which Education CS is a patron.
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The project is the brainchild of Secretary of Health Susan Mochache, who is a neighbor of the school. She said she could not bear the poor condition of the school.
Outgoing Dagoretti North MP and Kisii gubernatorial candidate Simba Arati, Senate candidate and outgoing Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka, and MP from Nyaribari Chache, Richard Tong’i attended the event.
Dr. Matiang’i and Prof. Magoha later went to Nyansiongo Boys in Nyamira County, where they ran a fundraiser for a dormitory project. The back office warned police against protecting criminals disguised as politicians and stated that they would do everything in their power to protect the dignity of the National Police Service.
He spoke after Mr Arati had claimed that some politicians were planning to cause chaos in Kisii County and blamed their competitors for portraying them as violent people in a bad light.
Mr Arati also claimed that the police on Friday last Week was used to protect a “private meeting”. of some county assembly members and county government officials where a candidate for chairman of the county civil service council was confirmed illegally and without due process even after the county assembly was indefinitely adjourned.
“I want the county commissioner of Kisii and its security committee to investigate allegations that police guarded an illegal meeting aimed at committing irregularities and stealing public funds,” said Dr. Matiang’i.
He said the police should maintain law and order, not protect rogues whose intent is to steal funds intended for the public. “We do not want the police to interfere in party politics. This has to end.”
For his part, Prof Magoha said that as long as he runs the Ministry of Education, staff and teachers will not engage in “partisan politics” under his supervision. In the audit report, he said the ministry supplied all the desks and asked the auditor to visit the schools and see the “good work”.
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Auditor General Nancy Gathungu questioned the shillings 2 billion purchase of computers and desks intended for the competency-based curriculum. In a report submitted to the National Assembly, she accused the State Department for Early and Basic Education of breaking the law.
Of the 2 billion shillings, 1.9 billion shillings were intended to supply 70 desks and 50 lockers for Primary and secondary schools to comply with social distancing health protocols due to Covid-19.
The move should also boost the economy by creating jobs for local artisans while Sh199 totaled 0.9 million paid to a company for the supply and delivery of 2,040 computers to 200 secondary schools across the country.
Regarding desks, Ms Gathungu also faulted officials who were paid Sh10.2 million per diem for the money.
Prof Magoha said he was glad politicians finally accepted that CBC would stay, noting that its success was a collective responsibility be ung. “You can play with other routing slips, but not with children. They live.”