Retired President Uhuru, his cabinet to visit Magoha’s family
Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta and his cabinet are set to visit the late Professor George Magoha’s family today.
The late academic died of cardiac arrest on January 24, 2023, at the Nairobi Hospital.
In his statement following the death of Magoha, the retired Head of State eulogised Magoha as 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,” Uhuru said.
He further wished the Magoha family comfort and strength during this difficult period of grief.
On March 27, 2019, President Kenyatta appointed Magoha into his cabinet to replace Fred Matiang’i as the Education Cabinet Secretary.
During his tenure at the important docket, Magoha was at the forefront of defending the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
He was one of only five Cabinet Secretaries who survived the numerous reshuffles and served until the end of President Kenyatta’s tenure.
Only five Cabinet Secretaries from the initial cabinet in 2013 survived to the end of President Kenyatta’s tenure and worked alongside Magoha.
Amina Mohamed (Sports and National Heritage), James Macharia (Transport and Infrastructure), Fred Matiang’i (Interior and National Co-ordination), Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), and Najib Balala (Tourism and Wildlife).
Magoha is survived by his widow, Dr Barbara Magoha, and their son, Dr Michael Magoha. He will be laid to rest on February 11, 2023.
“This is a great loss to Kenya and the education sector. Prof Magoha will be remembered as a true champion of education,” said Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed.