Panic has gripped top officials at Education ministry after word spread that the newly appointed cabinet secretary George Magoha is planning major transfers to streamline the ministry and put it on the right footing.
Already, a section of staff are silently complaining about the manner in which Magoha instituted his recent transfers. Many are reading tribalism in the issue. They claim that the Luo community occupy plum slots at the ministry and are now boasting as having influenced the reshuffles.
In fact it is said that the demotion of Pius Mutisya as director of quality assurance and standards was due to witchhunt and Magoha was misled by Luo mafia calling shots at the ministry. Mutisya will now head the directorate of field services.
Magoha named Mary Gaturu as the acting director of quality assurance, with many blaming the Luo cartel at the ministry of witchhunting Mutisya. Luos occupy senior positions at Jogoo House and have managed to endear themselves to Magoha. Gaturu was initially director of education Rift Valley region. Nereah Olick, was moved as regional director of education in Western Kenya and named deputy director of primary education.
Sylvester Mulambe, deputy director was promoted to director of policy.
Central regional director of Education in Central Stephen Barongo was transferred to Western region and replaced by Margaret Lesuuda in Central. Eastern now has Patrick Khaemba. Many had expected Khaemba who has been acting director of co-curricular and field service to be confirmed in the position. John Ololotua was transferred from Nairobi to Rift Valley. Perhaps it is the promotion of Martha Odunda who has been serving as the deputy director of education, to be in charge of Nairobi region that is the talk at the ministry. She had told friends aweek earlier that she was set to be promoted.