The family of Professor George Omore Magoha, on 24th January 2022, confirmed the passing on of the former Education Cabinet Secretary.
Professor Magoha passed on while receiving treatment at the Nairobi Hospital after suffering from a Cardiac arrest, doctors led by his son Dr. Michael Magoha tried to resuscitate him, but their hard work bore no fruit, and he left the face of the world.
Magoha was born in 1952 in Gem Constituency, Siaya county; he enrolled in his primary education at Dr. Livingstone primary school. Later on, he joined Starehe Boys Center for his O-levels. He joined Strathmore School, where he did his A-level education, graduating with a High School diploma. Magoha, later on, joined the University of Lagos in Nigeria, where he studied human medicine after securing a scholarship.
Kenyans led by president William Ruto have mourned the former CS terming him as a man who has left a mark in public service as a leader with uncompromised integrity.
“Prof. Magoha also famously served as the Cabinet Secretary for Education. Throughout his tenure, he displayed a commitment to high standards in the public service and uncompromising integrity.” Read part of President William Ruto’s Facebook post.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga has mourned Magoha as a dedicated public servant and a distinguished medical doctor who has left an indelible mark on the country’s education system.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Prof. George Magoha, a transformational leader, illustrious scholar, dedicated public servant, and distinguished medical doctor who left an indelible mark on our country’s education system. We will remember him for his incredible intellect, wit, and ability to inspire and challenge us to do our best. My condolences go out to his family and colleagues. May he Rest In Eternal Peace.” Raila wrote on his Facebook page.
Former President Uhuru’s technical assistant Mutahi Ngunyi has taken to his Twitter page to claim that Magoha’s death is a result of the rampant exam cheating that happened in Kisii and Nyamira schools and not due to cardiac arrest, as doctors report.
“I remember George Magoha during COVID at State House. He arrived with a BOX full of DOCUMENTS. He wanted more FUNDS to expand SCHOOLS. He was a GIANT with a KIND soul. He did NOT die of a heart attack. He DIED of a Heart BREAK. Especially after Kisii KCSE results. How SAD.” Wrote Mutahi Ngunyi on his Twitter account.