Parliamentary Committee approves Prof. Magoha nomination as Education CS


Education CS nominee George Magoha with his predecessor Amina Mohammed who has been moved to ...
Education CS nominee George Magoha with his predecessor Amina Mohammed who has been moved to the Sports docket. Photo/COURTESY

In Summary

  • The Speaker Muturi-led committee tabled the report before the House and is expected to be debated on Wednesday.
  • They stated that Prof. Magoha’s academic credentials as well as professional training and experience comply with the Public Appointments Act.
  • Magoha, who revealed that he was worth Ksh.250 million during the vetting, is now set to replace Amb. Amina Mohamed who was moved to the Sports ministry.

The Parliamentary Committee on Appointments on Tuesday approved the nomination of Prof. George Magoha as Cabinet Secretary for Education.

The Justin Muturi-led committee, in a report tabled before the House and which is expected to be debated on Wednesday, stated that Prof. Magoha’s academic credentials as well as professional training and experience comply with the Public Appointments Act.

They also cited “no potential conflict of interest,” adding that the former University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor had also been issued with clearance certificates by various government agencies including the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) as well as the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB).

According to the committee, the 67-year-old professor also demonstrated integrity during his vetting last week saying: “The nominee has not been dismissed or otherwise removed from office for contravening the provisions of Article 75 of the Constitution.”

“He has also not been adversely associated with practices that depict bias, favouritism or nepotism in the discharge of public duties. He has fully complied with the tax obligations to the State for the financial year immediately preceding his nomination for the appointment.”

They further stated: “He has not been charged in a court of law in the past three years or been adversely mentioned in an investigatory report of Parliament or any other Commission of inquiry in the last three years.”

The report also lauded Prof. Magoha for having a strong personality saying the trait would be useful in managing the affairs of the Ministry.

Speaker Muturi’s team acknowledged receiving no memoranda contesting the suitability or otherwise of Magoha’s nominee for appointment as Education CS, adding that he is well suited to lead the ministry having held various administrative positions in the public service.

Magoha, who revealed during the vetting that his net worth is Ksh.250 million, is now set to replace Amb. Amina Mohamed who was moved to the Sports ministry.

He was nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta on March 1, 2019 and vetted by Parliament on Thursday March 14, 2019.

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