Former Education CS George Magoha Dies

He died at Nairobi Hospital on Tuesday, January 24 following a cardiac arrest. 

Former Education CS George Magoha Dies
Former Education CS, George Magoha. /FILE

Former Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) George Magoha is dead.

He died at Nairobi Hospital on Tuesday, January 24 following a cardiac arrest. 

"Yes, it is true. He is no more," his wife Dr Barbra Magoha told the Nation.

Magoha is survived by his son Dr Michael Magoha as well as his wife, Dr Barbra Magoha.

Former Education CS George Magoha. /PSCU

"It is with great regret that we announce the sudden and untimely demise of Prof. George Magoha, EBS, OGW this evening at The Nairobi Hospital.

"Professor Magoha collapsed at home and was rushed to the Nairobi Hospital A&E. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Kindly join me in condoling with his family and colleagues," announced the Nairobi Hospital Chief Executive Officer (CEO) James Nyamongo in a statement.

His death comes barely a week after he secured a new job, three months after he handed over his role to the current CS, Ezekiel Machogu.

Magoha on Tuesday, January 17 joined Maseno University as a professor of surgery at the institution's School of Medicine. He was meant to teach and head research at the institution’s school of medicine.

Dr Owen McOnyango, the university's Director of Public Relations, hailed Magoha's appointment due to his admirable background in his professional career and will help in shaping the newly-created School of Medicine.

This was to be his second test in a higher institution of learning and was to mark his second stint as a lecturer.

Magoha served as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Nairobi (UoN) for ten years, between 2005 and 2015. He also served as a Professor of Urological and Transplant Surgery at UoN's College of Health Sciences.

His medical career included work and training in Nigeria, Ghana, Ireland and the United Kingdom. He also trained in Executive Management at Stanford University. 

In Nigeria, he began his career as an intern in Surgery at Lagos University Teaching Hospital and rose through the ranks to become Senior Resident and Clinical Lecturer in Surgery.

He later joined UoN as a Lecturer in Urological Surgery in 1988 and rose through the ranks to become a full Professor of Surgery in 2000.

Prior to his appointment as a lecturer at Maseno University, Magoha hinted at venturing into medical matters.

“I will miss you, journalists, you played a big role. If you have issues with passing urine, pass by my clinic in Nairobi Hospital,” Magoha told the press about his retirement plans on August 22, 2022.

A building at Maseno University. /MASENO UNIVERSITY

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Magoha as KNEC chair in 2015 before promoting him on March 1, 2019, to the position of Education CS. He was officially sworn into the docket on March 26, 2019.

As CS, he implemented the 100 per cent transition for all learners from primary school to the secondary school level. He also oversaw the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

His death now comes as a double blow to the Magoha family as his brother, Prof Richard Nyabera Magoha, was set to be buried this Saturday, January 28 after passing on in the United States (US) on December 6, 2022.