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Former Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha has passed away after a short illness.
The 71-year-old died at Nairobi Hospital on Tuesday evening, Nairobi Hospital CEO James Nyamongi confirmed in a statement to newsrooms.
“Professor Magoha collapsed at home and was rushed to the Nairobi Hospital A&E. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful,” Nyamongi said.
The body of the deceased has since been transferred to Lee Funeral Home.
Magoha had recently joined Maseno University as a professor of surgery in the School of Medicine.
He served as the Education Cabinet Secretary from March 2019 to October 2022 when President Ruto named his successor.
Prior to joining the Cabinet, Prof. Magoha served as vice-chancellor at University of Nairobi (UoN) and Chairperson of the Kenya National Examinations Council.
He also served as a professor of Urological and Transplant Surgery at UoN's College of Health Sciences.
Magoha’s medical career included work and training in Nigeria, Ghana, Ireland and the United Kingdom. He also trained in Executive Management at Stanford University.
Adored the professor, the last rare, Kenyan patriotic species who crashed cartels in the education sector. The chaos parents are now experiencing in the selection of form ones couldn't have happened during Magoha's watch. I will forever remember him for giving a fresh integrity in KNEC and the Ministry of education. Doing things the right way ain't being a bully. May the good Lord reward him for being a champion of getting things done. From Maitha, Michuki, Matiang'i to Magoha, who shoud be next? RIP brother.
Certainly this was untimely death.Reading this sad news, Iam reminded of a song by the late Crooner, Remy Ongala,"kifo hakina huruma".Just when the family was about to receive the body of his brother who passed away in USA for burial this coming saturday,the burden and grief is suddenly doubled...May the family find strength to with stand this unwanted burden.RIP.
Wake up people.I wonder if this is from you know what.Those who were listening to highly qualified dissenting voices 2 years ago tried to warn others of the risks.They took a lot of abuse for speaking out.The rise & spike in similar tragic cases is alarming.
🪦 No wonder he couldn’t get the job done 🪦 He was sick! 🪦