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Laughter as Magoha refers to Ruto as ‘President Moi’

By Mercy Simiyu October 12th, 2022 2 min read

Outgoing Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) George Magoha has caused a stir after continuously referring to President William Ruto as ‘President Moi’.

Magoha made the gaffe when he presided over the launch of a three-day induction for the Education Reforms Taskforce (ERT) constituted by President William Ruto to review competency-based curriculum (CBC).

The event was attended by among others, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.

“You have to remember he (Moi) served us for 24 years,” said Magoha as he attempted to justify the protocol gaffe.

Former president Moi (now deceased) ruled Kenya between 1978 and 2022.

He is a known mentor of President Ruto who won the August 2022 polls with the slimmest of margins over Raila Odinga.

In response, the DP lauded Magoha’s contribution to the Education ministry.

“I want to thank you (George Magoha), you’ve shown patriotism and I assure you we are not in a rush to get rid of you,” said Gachagua.

Magoha who is soon set to be replaced by Ezekiel Machogu had earlier urged the task force to review and make their findings public without fear of victimization.

“I always say the truth. I have no political attachment so I can speak how I want,” said Magoha.

Gachagua also stressed that CBC will not be scrapped but rather the recommendations will lead to its improvement.

The task force has been mandated to, among others: “The conceptualization and implementation of key tenets guiding the competency-based approach including but not limited to value-based education, community service learning, parental empowerment, and engagement.”

The workshop will seek to establish the guiding principles, procedures, structure, and coordination of the Presidential Working Party and consider and adopt a 6-months work plan.

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