Former Education CS George Magoha Dies

Former Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has died aged 71, the family has confirmed.

Magoha died at Nairobi Hospital today, January 24, around 5.30 pm.

He was rushed to the facility after collapsing at his home in Nairobi around 5 pm.

Attempts by paramedics to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

A member of former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cabinet said Magoha had been ill for some time and was occasionally excused to seek treatment.

Magoha served as CS for Education until his replacement by Ezekiel Machoga in President William Ruto’s administration on 27 October 2022.

On January 17, he got a job at Maseno University in Kisumu County as a professor of surgery in the Faculty of Medicine.

A specialist urologist, Magoha served as chairman of the Kenya Association of Urological Surgeons (KAUS) from 1997 to 2013.

He did his primary education in Yale, Siaya County, and Nairobi before joining Starehe Boys Center and Strathmore College for secondary school.

He then proceeded to the University of Lagos in Nigeria to study medicine. He went on to study surgery and urology at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland, and Royal Postgraduate Medical School Hammersmith Hospital, London, Department of Urology.

Prof. Magoha started his career in surgery at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital as an intern and rose to the position of Senior and Clinical Lecturer in Surgery.

He also served as a lecturer in the same hospital and as a consultant surgeon in various leading hospitals in Lagos, Nigeria.

Prof. Magoha joined the University of Nairobi as a lecturer in urological surgery in 1988 and became a full professor of surgery in 2000.

He worked in various administrative positions at the university, in 1999 he became chairman of the Academic Clinic of Surgery, dean of the Faculty of Medicine, director of the University of Health Sciences, deputy vice-chancellor for administration and finance up to Vice-Chancellor in January 2005.

Prof. Magoha has published more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and supervised the completion of more than 40 Master of Medicine (Surgery) students.

He is a member of many professional organizations in urology and surgery, including the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS), and the Société Internationale d’Urologie (SIU), among others.

He is actively involved in research into male erectile dysfunction, prostate, testicular and penile cancer, circumcision, and HIV/AIDs.

The professor of surgery is married to Dr. Barbara O. Magoha, with whom they have a son, Dr. Michael Magoha.

On his University of Nairobi profile, Magoha listed his interests as reading international affairs, walking and jogging, listening to classical music, reading history, and gardening and planting trees.


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