Education CS Nominee Ezekiel Machogu Worth and Multi-Million Properties
The projected net worth of Education Cabinet Secretary nominee Ezekiel Machogu is Ksh 590 million.
During his interview with the Appointments Committee of the National Assembly, Machogu said he got his wealth from buying land, owning residential buildings, and driving high-end cars.
Machogu stated that he owned seven apartments in Nairobi County, one in Mombasa, and two parcels of land: one in Nairobi and thirty acres in Kisii County.
“I have buildings in Nairobi, three buildings in Eastlands, specifically Jogoo Road, another in Pangani area, an apartment in Milimani, at Kileleshwa, and another near Yaya Centre,” Machogu said.
“I also have an apartment in Mombasa, Shanzu area, at Ngong, a piece of land, rightly a quarter of an acre along Ngong Road, a plot, not yet built in Kisii town, and also have 30 acres of land in Kisii. I also own vehicles; a Mercedes Benz and a Toyota V8.”
The former member of parliament for Nyaribari Masaba claims to have spent 38 years in public service as a District Officer and then a District Commissioner.
Born in Kisii County, Machogu completed his A-levels at Homa Bay before enrolling at the University of Nairobi from 1976 to 1979 to get a Bachelor of Arts.
Subsequently, he was engaged by the Civil Service, serving as District Commissioner in over eight counties, including Kimbu, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Nyandarua, Nakuru, Nandi, Bussa, and Wajir, in addition to regions such as Rift Valley and Coast.
Similarly, the CS-designate rescinded his appointments in the Public Service Commission (PSC), specifically in three ministries.
“I was transferred in Central Government, in many ministries, including the Public Service Commission…Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and East African Affairs as the Senior Deputy Secretary, and finally as Senior Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Trade before retiring in October 2016,” he explained.
Mochogu claims that he was lauded by the late President Daniel Moi for being the highest-performing district commissioner in the country in terms of education and development.
Mr. Machogu, a 1979 graduate of the University of Nairobi (UON), was hired as a civil servant after graduation, with postings in Nyandarua and Busia, before being appointed to a district commissioner and serving as a district officer in Nyari, Nyandarua, Kimbu, and Kirinyaga. He later served as the Coast Province’s Deputy Provincial Commissioner.
Before retiring in October 2016, the father of five also worked for the federal government in different ministries, including civil service, commerce, and trade. In the August elections, the former lawmaker from Nyribari Masaba ran for governor on the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket, but lost to Simba Arti.
He was one of the few politicians that defied the strong Azimio La Umoza wave to vote for President William Ruto.
The Kenya Kwanzaa Administration is eager to resolve the issues expressed by stakeholders with the CBC, and has tasked a team of 42 specialists with collecting opinions and proposing solutions within six months.
Mr. Machogu will take a difficult move to expedite CBC implementation or oversee its termination at the risk of wasting taxpayers’ millions of shillings that were invested in the reform of the curriculum.
In recent years, parents from low-income families have criticized the “many hidden costs” of retaining their children in an education system that prioritizes practical skills over theory.
Concern has been expressed by parents regarding secondary schools’ disobedience of Ministry of Education directives and imposition of illegal, term-long fees.
Mr. Machogu said he will establish protocols, and the appropriate institutions are already in place, to prevent parents from incurring excessive fees.
Under his supervision, he said no illegitimate charges will be imposed