Nairobi, Kenya – On Wednesday, the final journey of former Cabinet Secretary for Education, George Magoha, will begin. In honor of the late education guru, a farewell caravan will take place through the city, visiting the institutions and places that defined Magoha’s life.
The Legacy of a Leader: A Journey Through Nairobi
Magoha’s body will leave Lee Funeral and travel through the streets of Nairobi, stopping at the Kenya National Hospital (KNH), the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council (KMPDC), the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), St Georges Primary, State House Girls, the University of Nairobi, and finally at Starehe Centre. These are the institutions where Magoha left a lasting impact, both through his work and studies.
At the University of Nairobi, Magoha was a lecturer in Urological Surgery before becoming a full professor of surgery in 2000. He served as Chairman of the Academic Department of Surgery, Dean of the School of Medicine, Principal of the College of Health Sciences, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Administration and Finance. In 2005, Magoha was appointed as the University’s Vice-Chancellor.
At KNEC, Magoha was appointed chairman in 2016 before leaving to serve as Cabinet Secretary in Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration. The caravan will also pass through St Georges Primary and State House Girls, symbolizing Magoha’s impact on the education sector.
At Starehe Boys Centre, where Magoha undertook his secondary education, the late education guru will be taken for his final journey. Magoha died on January 24, 2023, at the age of 71, after suffering a cardiac arrest. His long and illustrious career in medicine, academia, and public service will not be forgotten.
The Last Goodbye: A Moment of Reflection
Magoha’s colleague and friend, Walter Mwanda, revealed that the late Cabinet Secretary had a premonition of his passing. On the day of his death, Magoha collapsed several times before being brought to Nairobi Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Despite efforts to resuscitate him, the final collapse was massive.
Magoha will be laid to rest on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at his home in Umiru, Nyamnina. As we bid farewell to this great leader, we take a moment to reflect on his impact and legacy and to honor the memories of a life well lived.