Matiang'i's order forces 4 MCAs to hide in Uganda

The four stormed Kamusinga High and chased away the newly deployed principal.

Police in the area confirmed that the four - Luke Opwora, Aggrey Mulongo (Kibingei ward), Elvis Abuka (Milima ward) and Stephen Wafula – crossed over to Uganda after Matiang’i ordered Western Regional Coordinator Mr Moses Ombati to arrest and present them to court after they stormed and ejected Alex Maina, the newly deployed principal for Kamusinga High, a national school.

Bungoma County Commissioner Joshua Chepcheng on Monday via phone told a local daily that the four will be smoked out of their hiding dens and taken to court.

"We will go for them wherever they are hiding in Uganda, the culture of impunity must stop," he said.

Moses Wetangula responds to Matiang'i's order

The new development comes after the CS ordered the arrest of the four, and others across the country for frustrating reforms in the education sector, move that has received backlash from western leaders, including Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula.

“I want to tell you the regional coordinators of Western to look for those guys who stormed Kamusinga High School even if it is under their beds, arrest them and take them to court. Let the judge read the law for them,” CS Matiang’i ordered on Friday during a consultative meeting with the regional commissioners in Kenya School of Governance in Kabete Kiambu County on Friday.

Mr Wetangula contemplated phoning the CS over the impasse during a burial ceremony in Kakamega over the weekend, defending the MCAs after they ejected the principal in an ugly confrontation.

"What the MCAs did was within their rights as education stake holders. I will personally seek audience with the CS on Monday [today] to seek for the stop of the transfers," Mr Wetangula said.

There has been a wave of protests from across the country over the new decision by Acting Education CS Dr Fred Matiang’i to transfer school principals, some having faced resistance due to poor performance in their previous duty stations.

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