Professor George Albert Omore Magoha, a former cabinet secretary for education, passed away at 71. Tuesday night, following a brief illness, Prof. Magoha reportedly passed away at the Nairobi Hospital.
According to a statement from Nairobi Hospital, he died following a heart arrest. Prof. George Magoha passed away unexpectedly and suddenly this evening at the Nairobi Hospital, according to a statement from the hospital’s CEO, James Nyamongo.
Since then, the deceased’s body has been moved to the Lee Funeral Home. His wife, Dr Barbra Magoha, and son, Dr Michael Magoha, survived him. His passing occurred just one week after he was hired to teach medical surgery at Maseno University School of Medicine.
In western Kenya’s Kisumu County, where he was born on July 2 1952, George Albert Omore Magoha worked as a consultant surgeon, academic administrator, and technocrat. Since January 2023, he has taught surgery at Maseno University School of Medicine.
Earlier to his present position, he served as the Cabinet Secretary for Education in Kenya’s Cabinet under President Uhuru Kenyatta’s second term, which began on March 26, 2019. Earlier, from 2005 to 2015, he was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nairobi. He taught surgery at the University of Nairobi’s College of Health Sciences. At Kenyatta National Hospital, the university’s teaching hospital, he also served as a consultant urologist.
His biggest accomplishment at the UoN was getting students, non-teaching personnel, and academic staff to accept discipline. When he took office, it appeared that staff members seldom worked, lecturers skipped lectures, and some even lost marks from student exams. Strikes by students were extremely common and had a bad effect on the school’s reputation.