Most Kenyans have been shocked by the sudden demise of the former CS of Education, Prof. George Magoha that was announced on Tuesday, 24th January, 2023.
The UoN Fraternity took to social media to mourn its former Vice Chancellor through their social media pages.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Kiama- " University of Nairobi Community mourns the sudden death of its former Vice Chancelor, Prof. George Magoha. I worked closely with him since 2003 when I joined University management. Prof Magoha was known for his indefatigable defender of whatever he believed in. Prof. Magoha will be remembered for his transformational style of leadership and yet he was humble and cared for the welfare of all staff regardless of their rank and station."
Academic Registrar, Humphrey Webuye~ "Professor George Albert Omore Magoha was a Scholar, Medic and Transformational Leader. He was energetic, enthusiastic, and very firm. He was nicknamed the “Kifaru” when he was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi. ‘No’ or ‘it cannot be done’ were not part of his vocabulary. He was not only concerned with results but was personally involved in the process. He built winning Teams and mentored many leaders. He saw his work as selfless service toward serving God and humanity. He led by example and established strong, trusting relationships to ensure the success every institution and organization he served in. He was always ahead of his time and a man of great wisdom. He taught me a lot on strategy and governance. May his soul rest in eternal peace."
Director, Corporate Affairs, Mr. John Orindi- "The Academic fraternity is in shock. The towering giant has fallen. An honest and dedicated public servant. A no nonsense administrator. A man who believed that University of Nairobi is the only University in Kenya. Fare thee well Prof. George Omore Magoha."
Njeri Muhoro~ "He advised us to be diligent, to serve to our best, and to fear God. this was his last day in the office, and this was his staff. I was an appendage. I will remember his parting shot."
Mr. Charles Sikulu- "It’s a big big personal loss, RIP Prof. George Magoha."
Registrar Admin, Mr. David Njuguna~ "In 2005, Prof Magoha appointed me the Founder UoN Alumni Administrator. At our first post COVID-19 graduation ceremony, he chased me away when I attempted to offer him a Mic. He later on personally apologised to me. That's GAOM for you! R.I.P"
Vincent Nyakwach, UNSA student leader~ "His most remarkable achievement at the UoN was instituting discipline among the academic staff, non-teaching staff and the students. At the time he assumed office, apparently staff members never worked, lecturers missed classes and some even lost student examination marks. Student strikes were notoriously common and had damaged the institution's reputation. By meeting openly with students to discuss their issues, he created a safety valve for ventilation and preventing them from rioting. For the 10 years he served as the vice chancellor, the students went on strike fewer times than before his time in office. Go well Prof."
All the above glimpses of his all round personality only contribute to our sadness, but we are happy that Prof. Magoha believed in his Maker and has transited to a better existence. We, the entire community, wish to condole with his family, Dr. Barbara, Dr. Michael and the wider extended family during this period of grief. We pray to God Almighty to rest the soul of Prof. Geroge Albert Omore Magoha in Eternal Peace.
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