"A fallen hero": MKU Board Chairman Prof. Simon Gicharu eulogises Prof. George Magoha

for Tv47 Digital January 24, 2023, 07:58 PM
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Prof. Simon N. Gicharu, Chairman, Board of Directors; Mount Kenya University (left) introduces Prof. George Magoha to some MKU students during a past visit at the university's Thika Main Campus. PHOTO/MKU

In Summary

  • During his reign as Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof. George Magoha graced several graduation ceremonies at Mount Kenya University. 
  • MKU Board Chairman Prof. Simon Gicharu describes the late Prof. Magoha as "fallen hero who believed in the sanctity of education." 

Mount Kenya University Board Chairman Prof. Simon Gicharu has released a statement on the untimely passing of former Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha. 

Prof. Gicharu described the late Prof. Magoha as a "fallen hero" who "believed in the sanctity of education." 

"The Education fraternity has lost an icon who believed in the sanctity of education. Professor was a strict professional who did not condone mediocrity.  His legacy will live on. 

Prof George Magoha, right, and MKU Board Chairman Prof. Simon Gicharu during the MKU 17th graduation ceremony at Thika Main Campus in December, 2019. PHOTO | MKU

"The Mount Kenya University fraternity joins the country in mourning the fallen hero. May his soul rest in peace and may God grant his loved ones the strength to overcome the difficult moments."

Prof. Magoha patronised the university's many graduation ceremonies and was a friend of MKU. 

He died at the Nairobi Hospital after a cardiac arrest. A statement from the Hospital's Chief Executive Officer James Nyamongo said Prof. Magoha collapsed at home and was rushed to the accident and emergency department. 

"Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful," said Nyamongo.

The immediate former Education Cabinet Secretary had only recently joined Maseno University as a professor of Surgery at the School of Medicine.

He had a long career in the medical and administration fields. He was a former Vice-Chancellor at the University of Nairobi [2005 – 2015] and chairman of the Kenya National Education Council.

In early December, the Magoha family lost another brother Alex Nyabera who died in Allen, Texas, USA. Nyabera's burial is slated for January 28, 2023.

Prof. Magoha is survived by widow Dr Barbra Magoha and son Michael Magoha.

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