Dr Walter Mwanda, the late Professor George Magoha’s close friend, reveals that he had a premonition about his death and asked to speak with his son and daughter-in-law before dying.
Magoha instructed his wife Barbara to call their son and daughter-in-law in the moments before his death, though the nature of their conversation is unknown.
Mwanda, who was at Kenyatta National Hospital when he received a call from Magoha’s wife, revealed that the former Cabinet Secretary had also asked to speak with him.
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“He had a premonition and told his wife that his time had come and he was happy. He then asked her to call the son and the daughter-in-law,” Mwanda said.
The son, who is also a medical doctor, was able to resuscitate his father after he collapsed at home, but Magoha died while receiving treatment at Nairobi Hospital.
“I found him seated and proceeded to take his blood pressure. As I was recording, he slipped from his sitting position, so we carried him to the son’s car.
“He suffered a collapse and was resuscitated back by his son, a medical doctor. However, a few meters to the casualty section, he collapsed again,” Magoha’s friend stated.
The body of the former Cabinet Secretary was later moved to Lee Funeral Home.
In a message to the family, President William Ruto joined Kenyans in mourning the death of the former Cabinet Secretary.
President Ruto praised Magoha as an academic who has left a rich legacy in his message.
“Magoha is a towering giant of our time, a great man who stood tall in the academy, where he excelled in learning, teaching, and research, as well as in administration, where he led robust turnaround interventions at the University of Nairobi and the Kenya National Examinations,” Ruto stated.
He mentioned that the late professor was the Cabinet Secretary for Education.
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“Throughout his tenure, he evinced a commitment to high standards in the public service and an uncompromising integrity,” the president said.
Ruto also mentioned how fortunate he was to have known and worked with Magoha in a variety of capacities.
“From the university where I completed my post-graduate studies, to government, where he served with distinction as the chair of KNEC and later as my colleague in Cabinet.
“We have lost a gifted, unique, distinguished, and great servant of Kenya,” the president mourned.
He also expressed his condolences to Magoha’s family and prayed that God would grant them comfort and grace during this difficult time.
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta comforted the family in his message, noting that they had recently lost Prof. Magoha’s younger brother, Prof. Richard Alex Nyabera.
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Chief of Staff George Magoha at the State House.
“It is unfortunate and painful that we’ve lost my friend Prof George Magoha at a time when his family is mourning his brother,” Uhuru mourned.
Prof Magoha was also lauded by the former Head of State as a celebrated academic who leaves a strong legacy of public service.