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Magoha’s brother tickles mourners by telling kin to buy his book, not whiskey

By Winnie Onyando February 11th, 2023 2 min read

The late Prof George Magoha’s elder brother, John Obare, amused mourners during the former Cabinet Secretary’s burial on Saturday when he asked his siblings to lead by example in purchasing copies of a book Magoha authored instead of buying whiskey.

Mr Obare said Magoha loved reading and that is why he sailed he excelled in academics, noting that his deceased brother wrote a book that is worth reading.

“You people who did not know Magoha, he has written a book and that book has a lot of knowledge. Why don’t you buy and read it? And this goes equally to my siblings, most of you who have not bought that book. You wanted to be given a complimentary copy, like I was given, but you never got it. Instead of buying whiskey, buy that book and read it,” said Obare.

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Mr Obare also pleaded with Kenyans to forgive his brother in case he wronged or hurt them.

“All I can ask all of you is to please forgive my brother. If he ever hurted you, please forgive him so that he rests in peace,” he said.

Magoha is the author of a book, Tower of Transformational Leadership, published by Kenway Publications in 2017.

It is an autobiographical account of his experience as a leader in medicine and academia.

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In his 12-year tenure at the University of the Nairobi, Magoha served as the Chairman of the Academic Department of Surgery, Dean of the School of Medicine and Principal of the College of Health Sciences.

Magoha is celebrated for playing a key role in transforming the education sector both as a lecturer at the University of Nairobi and during his tenure in the Ministry of Education.

Magoha also served as the chairman of the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board.

He will be forever remembered for bringing key changes in the education sector in the country.

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