Ruto leads Kenyans in mourning Magoha
President William Ruto has led the country in mourning former Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof George Magoha who passed away on Tuesday evening.
The Head of State described Prof Magoha as a great man who stood tall in academia, where he excelled in learning, teaching and research.
“I have learned with great sorrow about the passing of Prof George Magoha. Prof Magoha is a towering giant of our time, he led robust turnaround interventions at the University of Nairobi and the Kenya National Examinations Council. I have been privileged to know and work with the late professor in many capacities, from the university where I completed my post-graduate studies, to the government where he served with distinction as the chair of KNEC and later as my colleague in Cabinet,” President Ruto said..
“We have lost a gifted, unique, distinguished and great servant of Kenya. I join Kenyans and people from other parts of the world in mourning the passing of Prof Magoha. I also send condolences to his family and pray that Almighty God grants them divine comfort and grace in this moment of grief,” the head of state further said.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua remembered Prof Magoha for his fearlessness and as a person who served the republic of Kenya with zeal.
“I have learned about the death of Prof George Magoha with great shock. My thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of Prof Magoha. Known for his independence of mind and fearlessness, Prof was an accomplished professional who served the republic of Kenya with zeal. In his field of medicine, Prof George has made immense contributions to both practices of medicine and research,” Mr Gachagua said.
“In the education sector, the indelible mark he left at the university of Nairobi where he rose through the ranks to become a Vice Chancellor, at the Kenya National Examination Council as the Chairperson and finally at the Cabinet Minister for Education where he left a huge mark. We will greatly miss Prof Magoha, a man I personally admired for his forthrightness and ethics. May the great Professor rest well and in eternal peace,” the DP said.
Other political leaders also conveyed their messages of condolences.
Raila Odinga (Azimio la Umoja leader): “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Prof. George Magoha, a transformational leader, illustrious scholar, dedicated public servant, and distinguished medical doctor who left an indelible mark on our country’s education system. We will remember him for his incredible intellect, wit, and ability to inspire and challenge us to do our best. My condolences go out to his family and colleagues. May he Rest in Eternal Peace.”
Moses Wetangula (Speaker of the National Assembly) – “Deeply saddened to learn of the passing on of former Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha. I have vivid memories of this great and tough scholar who had distinguished himself by his immense contribution to the education sector of our country.”
Gladys Wanga (Governor, Homa Bay) – “The sudden passing on of Prof. George Magoha comes as a deep shocker. Behind his serious demeanor was a gentle soul committed to excellence. My most sincere condolences to his family and friends.”
Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper Party leader) – “The news of the untimely passing of Prof. George Magoha has left all of us in shock. He epitomized the necessity of focus, hard work & diligence. He was an exceptional leader who will be greatly missed. I send my sincere condolences to Prof Magoha’s family, friends & colleagues.”
Millicent Omanga (Nominated Senator) – “Prof George Magoha gone too soon. My thoughts and prayers go to Dr Barbra Magoha and their son Michael Magoha. May the good Lord give them strength during this Sorrowful time… RIP Prof.”
Esther Passaris (Woman Rep, Nairobi) – “I extend my deepest condolences on the passing of former Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof George Magoha. His dedication and contribution to the education sector will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
Suleiman Shahbal – “I’m saddened by the demise of former Education CS George Magoha. Prof Magoha has been reported to have suffered a cardiac arrest. Prof Magoha led the Education Ministry with passion which saw our education standards improving.”