The Star (Nairobi)

2 August 2012

Kenya: MP Shuts Deo's Office

Kieni West MP Nemesyus Warugongo stormed the office of area district education officer and closed it accusing him of gross misconduct.

Armed with a padlock, Warugongo closed down the office at Kiawara. He then posted a notice on the door saying, 'DEO's office Kieni West closed'

The MP also called for the immediate removal of the DEO from the area .

WThe DEO dismissed the allegations and blamed his woes on a local provincial administrator whom he accused of witch-hunt and malice.

"How can they blame me of issues which are not there? These are just politics. I'm very new in this area and so such allegations are malicious," said the DEO

He said he had even written to the Ministry of Education requesting for the transfer of Nyaga whom he claimed was engaging in politics and also demanding sexual favours from female teachers in the area.

He said the official was only concerned with campaigning for a presidential candidate and a local parliamentary aspirant and was hardly attending to education matters in the area.

'Over 30 female teachers from the area have complained of being sexually harassed by the education official and I therefore call for his immediate removal from the area," the angry MP said.

Meanwhile Kenya National Union of Teachers Nyeri branch Executive Secretary Mutahi Kahiga backed the sentiments and confirmed having received numerous complaints about the official from teachers and said that the union was "perturbed" by the allegations.

Kahiga said that the DEOs conduct of his official duties was highly wanting as it lacked professionalism and cited a case where the official gave a local school head a dress down at a public function as his students and their parents watched.

"There are official ways of reprimanding a person but not to insult and embarrass them in public. This highly inappropriate and as a union we condemn his actions." Kahiga said.

The KNUT official also said that he had received complaints from school heads claiming that the DEO was demanding bribes from them and those who failed would be demoted of transferred to remote areas.

The Executive Secretary said the union had also written a letter to the PS over the DEOs conduct and was waiting for action to be taken adding that if he was not transferred from the area, KNUT would mobilize teachers to hold a demonstration against the official.

who has been in the district for over seven months.

Nyaga said his quest to improve education standards in the district had seen him labeled all manner of things by those not keen to see the situation improved adding that even his superiors could vouch for him and his "good work."

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