Education Minister Ezekiel Machogu has come forward to speak after a debate on social media about an online photo of a student holding an umbrella.
The minister said the student wanted to approach him and he was not the one who asked him to hold the umbrella.
“I went somewhere and a student wanted to be heard by the minister. The student wanted school fees, uniforms and even shoes,” he said.
“That little kid insisted on standing next to me with an umbrella. He comes from an environment that you and I don’t come from.” The minister said the media and Kenyans on social media misunderstood the situation. Machogu, however, said he was able to consult with the young student and help him in his application The Education boss said he always meets needy children who want to be close to him as an opportunity to explain their problems.
Machogu added that he was not alone as some students also sought the help of the Secretary General of Basic Education Belio Kipsang. Machogu spoke on Wednesday when he presided over the awarding of 1,000 scholarships by the KCB Foundation in Nairobi. This comes a day after Machogu joined the Murang’a County fraternity during the Murang’a Bursary award ceremony held at the Mumbi stadium.
While he was speaking during the event in Murang’a, the young student came close to the CS and held an umbrella. Some Kenyans were not happy with the photo that was widely circulated on social media.
“What is this now sure!” Jeff Jeffa said on X. Politician Alinur Mohamed said the Minister should apologize to the public for what he described as humiliation for the boy. “Why should the Minister of Education Prof Ezekiel Machogu order a child to hold an umbrella, and it is not raining, and there is no sun? This is wrong,” Mohamed said.