President Ruto leads Kenyans in mourning former CS Magoha
Several leaders have sent their messages of condolence following death of former Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha.
Aged 71 years, Magoha passed away today, January 24 at Nairobi Hospital after collapsing at his home.
In his message, President William Ruto described Magoha as a gifted, unique, distinguished and great servant of Kenya.
“Prof. Magoha 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, where he led robust turnaround interventions at the University of Nairobi and the Exams Council,” the President said.
“I have been privileged to know and work with the late Professor in many capacities, from the university where I completed my post-graduate studies, to government, where he served with distinction as the chair of KNEC and later as my colleague in Cabinet.”
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua said: “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.”
“I will miss Prof Magoha, a man I personally admired for his forthrightness and ethics.”
Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi said the late Prof. Magoha will be remembered as a staunch believer in self-actualization.
“He took to his tasks with gusto and a single-minded determination that’s rare. Many will recall his iron-clad grip on the University of Nairobi as Vice-chancellor, and lately as Cabinet Secretary for Education,” he said.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has described Magoha as a transformational leader, illustrious scholar, dedicated public servant, and distinguished medical doctor.
“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,” he said.
Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Wetangula said, “I have vivid memories of this great and tough scholar who had distinguished himself by his immense contribution to the education sector of our country.”
“The death of professor is a big loss and a blow to the education sector.”
He added that Magoha will be remembered for his selfless service on impacting change in the education field while at the helm of the education ministry.