How did Professor George Magoha die? Former CS of Education cause of death explained

Prof. George Magoha, a former cabinet secretary for education, passed away on January 24. Let’s see How did George Magoha die and George Magoha cause of death in detail.


How did George Magoha die?

Professor George Albert Omore Magoha, a former cabinet secretary for education, has passed away.

According to a statement from Nairobi Hospital, he died following a cardiac arrest.

James Nyamongo, the hospital’s chief executive officer, verified the death and said that Magoha passed away soon after arriving at the facility.

Nyamongo announced,

“It is with great regret that we announce the sudden and untimely demise of Prof George Magoha this evening at the Nairobi Hospital.

“Magoha collapsed at home and was rushed to the hospital’s accident and emergency. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Kindly join me in condoling with his family.”

The former Education director’s body was taken to the Lee Funeral Home. His wife, Dr. Barbra Magoha, and son, Dr. Michael Magoha, survive him.

George Magoha’s late ex-wife, Dr. Barbara Magoha (centre), at the Lee Funeral Home on January 24, 2022. (Business Daily)

His death occurs just one week after he was hired to teach medical surgery at Maseno University School of Medicine. The late Prof. Richard Magoha, who passed away in December 2022, was buried by the former CS just moments before.

When Ezekiel Machogu, Magoha’s successor, took over the duties of the Ministry of Education, Magoha made his final public appearance.

A no-nonsense academic, the former CS will be recognized for his changes in the ministry, particularly in addressing examination fraud and school indiscipline.

Prof. George Magoha was remembered by President William Ruto as a special, talented, and outstanding servant of Kenya. He also expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to have known and collaborated with the former education cabinet secretary.

George Magoha cause of death

We’re sorry to have to inform you that George Magoha has passed away.

George Magoha was regarded as having a friendly personality. Many people must be curious to know the George Magoha cause of death in light of the recent news.

George Magoha cause of death was Cardiac arrest.

The former vice-chancellor of the University of Nairobi had already led the institution before starting his employment with the Kenya National Examination Council. The goner was a neurosurgeon by training (KNEC).

According to a close family acquaintance, Mwanda also confessed that he had a death premonition and knew the time had come for him to depart from this world.

The former CS passed away shortly after being admitted to The Nairobi Hospital after collapsing at home.

Magoha reportedly instructed his wife to call their son and daughter-in-law, according to information provided by his friend Walter Mwanda.

When Magoha first started exhibiting this disturbing pattern, his doctor son Michael would attempt to revive him, but it would all fail.

Michael’s attempts to be strengthened and supported by other medical colleagues also failed.

Mwanda said,

“He greeted me and said “ooh you have come”, I started taking his blood pressure, but it was not recording, after some time he slept off from his sitting position and we took him to the car. The wife and my driver followed. They were ahead of us about 200 metres.” 

“From the information, he collapsed, and he was resuscitated by his son who is a medical doctor then 100 metres to the casualty of Nairobi Hospital he collapsed again, and he was rushed to casualty, there was resuscitation which took some time but were unable to resuscitate him.”

He said,

“He had a premonition and told his wife I suppose but you will get it from her that his time had come and he was happy everything was done. He then asked the wife to call the son and the daughter in law.”

At the age of 71, Magoha passed away at the Nairobi Hospital on January 24, 2023, following a suspected cardiac arrest.

George Magoha cause of death has left the community inconsolable.


Who was George Magoha?

George Albert Omore Magoha was a Kenyan consultant surgeon, academic administrator and technocrat.

Since January 2023, he has held the position of surgery professor at Maseno University School of Medicine in Kisumu County, Nyanza, Kenya. From 2016 until 2019, Magoha served as the Kenya National Examinations Council’s (KNEC) chairman.

From 2005 to 2015, Magoha held the position of vice chancellor at the University of Nairobi. He was a professor of surgery at the College of Health Sciences at the University of Nairobi. In addition, he worked as a consultant urologist at the university’s teaching hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital.


Magoha attended Nairobi’s Dr. David Livingstone Primary School. After that, he went to Starehe Boys’ Center and School to finish his O-Level coursework. He continued his study at Strathmore School, where he received his A-Level diploma and completed his A-Level coursework.

At the University of Lagos in Nigeria, Magoha received a scholarship to study human medicine. He completed his education at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria, as well as at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith Hospital in London, United Kingdom. He received urological training and was a fellow of the Irish Royal College of Surgeons.


Magoha was quickly named chairman, dean, and principal at the College of Health Sciences around the turn of the century (the late 1990s to early 2000s), and afterwards deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Nairobi. He received the highest score among the applicants, which led to his appointment as vice-chancellor of the UoN in 2005.

His implementation of discipline among the academic staff, non-teaching employees, and students was his most noteworthy accomplishment at the UoN.

At the time he took office, staff members reportedly never worked, professors skipped lectures, and some even lost marks from student exams. Student strikes were infamously frequent and had a negative impact on the school’s reputation.

He installed a safety valve for ventilation and stopped them from rioting by meeting with students freely to talk about their problems. The number of times the students went on strike during his ten years as vice chancellor was lower than it was earlier. President Uhuru Kenyatta nominated him the Chairman of the Kenya National Examination Council in 2016 due to his track record as a no-nonsense education administrator.

As KNEC Chairman, his first order of business was to reorganize the organization to stop the pervasive academic dishonesty and corruption in the conduct of national examinations. He is recognized for dismantling cartels that had long supported exam cheating and restoring the integrity of Kenyan exams. He was appointed the Cabinet Secretary for Education in the Kenyan Cabinet on March 1 and took office on March 26 when Amina Mohamed was moved to the Sports docket.

His Book

Tower of Transformational Leadership, written by Magoha, was released by Kenway Publications in 2017. It is an autobiographical description of his leadership experiences in a variety of settings, including academics, the community, medicine, and surgery.


Tributes to George Magoha

Many people expressed their profound sympathies to his family and expressed how much they loved him.


It’s with shock that we lost Prof. George Magoha, former CS for Education who has helped me a lot building the Eliud Kipchoge Library. My heartfelt condolences go to his family, friends and entire Kenya. Rest In Peace professor.

-Olympic Champion Eliud Kipchoge – EGH


I am deeply saddened by the passing on of my longtime friend and colleague Prof. George Magoha, a national hero whose death leaves a huge gap in our lives and in the academia.
Prof. Magoha was a judicious public servant who dedicated his time, energies, skills and competencies towards improving the delivery of services to Kenyans. His impact in the education sector will be remembered for years to come.
I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to his family and pray that God grants them peace and comfort during this difficult period.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Secretary Karanja Kibicho


One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died.

We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.

Kindly use the comment box below to honor the death of George Magoha by leaving a tribute.


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