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Going back to class is Magoha's greatest legacy - association

He was set to join Maseno University as Professor of Surgery after his tenure as Education CS

In Summary
  • The association has remembered him as being instrumental in imparting basic clinical skills to thousands of medical students.
  • Former Education CS Magoha passed away at the Nairobi Hospital on Tuesday aged 71.
Former Education CS George Magoha.
Former Education CS George Magoha.
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The Kenya Psychiatric Association has termed the decision by the late former education CS George Magoha to go back to class as his greatest legacy.

Magoha was set to join Maseno University in Kisumu County as the Professor of Surgery at the School of Medicine after his tenure as a CS under Uhuru Kenyatta’s regime came to an end.

The KPS president Boniface Murabula has likened Magoha to Lucius  Quinctius  Cincinnatus, a roman general who won a battle and chose to return to his farm instead of installing himself a dictator.

“Although the cruel hand of death denied him the opportunity to go back to class, the professor demonstrated that there is no shame in returning to ordinary life following many years of selfless service at the upper echelons of society,” Murabura said.

The association has remembered him as being instrumental in imparting basic clinical skills to thousands of medical students.

"To some of his students at the University of Nairobi, he was the tough father who could send you away in the middle of morning quarrel but welcome you with open arms in the evening,” he said.

The association has acknowledged the role he played in bringing changes in the once-troubled Knec, and called for the gains made to be sustained.

Former Education CS Magoha passed away at the Nairobi Hospital on Tuesday aged 71.

"Magoha collapsed at home and was rushed to the Nairobi Hospital Accident and Emergency. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful,” The Nairobi Hospital  CEO James Nyamongo said in a statement.

During his tenure, student riots that had become a norm at Kenya's first university were quelled down.

His boldness, strict and no-nonsense character saw him appointed as the Knec chair with direct responsibility of cleaning the mess and restoring sanity at the body accused of failing to tame exam irregularities.

Former Education CS George Magoha
Former Education CS George Magoha
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