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Barbara Magoha recounts last moments with her late husband

Dr Barbara Magoha the wife of the late Prof George Magoha has recounted her late husband’s last two hours. Speaking during a requiem mass for the former Cabinet Secretary at the Consolata Shrine Catholic Church, the grieving widow narrated how on the material day (January 24, 2023) her husband came back home at around 2pm.

Since her husband had been out all morning making final arrangements for his brother’s funeral, she advised him to rest. After resting for a while, Prof Magoha woke up and asked for a cough mixture.

Dr Magoha was also preparing to go to work, so she left him and went to another room where she was ironing her clothes. It was at that moment that her husband called her in a stressful voice.

Dr Barbara Odudu Magoha, the widow of former Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha at their Lavington home on January 25, 2023. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO

“In two hours I turned from Mrs to a widow. One thing I liked about my husband is that he allowed me to grow. My professional career was something of importance to him. So I ironed to go to work while ironing I heard him calling me in a stressful voice,” she said.

When she went to find out what was going on, she found her husband had collapsed.

“His head was almost knocking on the wall, I put my hand to the wall and then his tongue was coming out. I pressed down his tongue for some fresh air. I called the workers who were there. He was revived and we put him on the floor,” she said.

From left: Former Education Cabinet Secretary the late Prof George Magoha, his wife Dr Barbara Magoha and their son Dr Micheal Magoha. PHOTOS | FRANCIS NDERITU


“When he woke up he said, ‘I want to see my son’. That is when I knew something was not right because if he had said call me Mike that would have been different. Two weeks earlier he had said that if anything ever happened to him I should call Prof Omwanda. So when I revived him the first time I called Prof Omwanda,” she said.

“Then I called my son. I asked him where he was and he told me he is in a theatre operating. I told him to handover because his father was not feeling fine and it is best if he came home. When he arrived I told him that his father has had a heart attack but now he looks better.”

In this picture taken on January 31, 2023, retired President Uhuru Kenyatta condoles with Dr Barbara Odudu Magoha, the widow of former Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha who died at Nairobi Hospital on January 24, 2023 after suffering a cardiac arrest.  PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO.

When Prof Omwanda arrived Prof Magoha asked him to check his blood pressure he then suffered his second heart attack. They then decided to take him to hospital and it is along the way that he had his third and fourth heart attacks. All this Dr Magoha said happened within two hours.

“I think it must have been one of the most stressful things for my son when he had the third attack knowing the implications. When he had the fourth attack he passed on,” she said.

Prof Magoha will be buried at his home in Gem Constituency, Siaya County on Saturday.

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