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Journalist Saddique Shaban deconstructs Education CS George Magoha

Prof. George Magoha. During his interview for the job, he spoke to Member of the National Assembly in a condescending manner

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Prof. George Magoha (pictured) has in some quarters been termed as highly overrated.

During his time at the helm of the University of Nairobi (UoN), Prof Magoha was touted as the best there is and ever will be, but even at that time, some people had questioned his leadership style.

The Professor also comes out as arrogant, and there’s no greater display of that attribute than recently when he attended UoN graduation ceremony, where he told someone who wanted to tell him something, ‘iko nini?o mbali kabisa’.

That was arrogance per exellence.

And perhaps, there’s another display that makes the allegations of Magoha being highly overrated true. That of how he has managed the Education Ministry.

“hey, don’t you know I have PhD and a 64 page CV, why are you sitting next to me, you illiterate”

There’s a media house that has written an article about him with adjectives such as consistent inconstitency. This is dues to his inconsistent messaging about reopening of schools.

It has attracted ridicule.

Saddique Shaban disects Prof Magoha’s character through one incident

But perhaps, that is truly the man, an arrogant and incompetent buffoon.

China Global Television Network (CGTN) Africa Journalist Saddique Shaban told us more, on his twitter handle.

A year ago , I shared a flight from Japan to Doha with Kenya’s Education Minister, Professor George Magoha. He flew business class and I got to see his disgust, disapproval and silent protest as he mingled with the rest of us from the economy class at Doha Airport transit bus.

Thinking and cursing at heart for not being shown respect.

The minister could not believe that he’d been denied diplomatic courtesy at Doha Airport. He sat in the apron bus seat, solemnly thinking about his status and why, perhaps, he wasn’t received in the VIP lounge for despite being a government minister. Never answered greetings.

Professor George Magoha, Education Cabinet Secretary

I genuinely felt sorry for Professor George Magoha. His big reputation and boisterous personality could not fit in the modest Doha airport transit bus. His ego was being compressed at an alarming rate. The good minister grew restless & eventually dipped his head into his hands.

Professor George Magoha, Education Cabinet Secretary

I mean, how could a well learned Kenyan cabinet minister, a PHD holder with volcanic temperament, be made to mingle with peasants having flew Business Class on a new Airbus A350 from Narita Airport to Doha? Did Qatar Royal Family know Jaduong’ abhors simplicity and commonality?
If he had a choice, Prof. Magoha would have renounced his cabinet status in protest. No chase cars. No bodyguards. No VIP treatment. He’d have masked his face in shame and indignation. He appeared solemn and lonely, as if suffering from stomach upset. Perhaps he perhaps fatigued?

Professor George Magoha, Education Cabinet Secretary. He seems like those guys who can stand up unprovoked and shout, ‘hey, don’t you know I have PhD and a 64 page CV, why are you sitting next to me, you illiterate’

A year later, having closely observed his public demeanor, I understand the Gulf Cold Shoulder. The Qataris, either by default or design, deflated the Big Foot’s ego & arrogance.Magoha’s handling of matters during #COVID19 crisis has left him looking lonely and foolish.

Professor George Magoha, Education Cabinet Secretary


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