Former Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha died on Tuesday, January 24, at a Nairobi hospital.
The Nairobi hospital CEO James Nyamongo confirmed his death saying that Magoha died from a cardiac arrest.
“It is with great regret that we announce the sudden and untimely demise of Professor George Magoha this evening at The Nairobi Hospital,” Nyamongo said in a statement.
Following his shocking demise, Kenya’s President William Ruto led Kenyans in mourning the former Education CS.
The president in a statement described Magoha as a towering giant academician of our time.
“I have learned with great sorrow about the passing of Prof. Magoha. He is a towering giant of our time, a great man who stood tall in the academy, where he excelled in learning, teaching, and research, as well as in administration,” the president said, hailing him for leading a “robust turnaround interventions at the University of Nairobi and the Kenya National Examinations Council.”
On his part, former President Uhuru Kenyatta eulogized Magoha a celebrated academic who leaves behind a strong legacy of public service.
“It is unfortunate and painful that we’ve lost my friend Prof George Magoha at a time when his family is mourning his brother,” the former President said.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua described Magoha as a fearless person and accomplished scholar who served his country with zeal.
“I have learned of the demise of Prof. George Magoha with great shock. Known for his independence of mind and fearlessness, Prof. Magoha was an accomplished professional who served Kenya with zeal as witnessed when he served as the CS for Education and other posts held earlier,” Gachagua said.
Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga mourned Magoha as a transformational leader, illustrious scholar, dedicated public servant, and distinguished medical doctor who left an indelible mark on the 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,” Raila said.