Raila Reveals Details of Last Phone Call With Magoha

  • Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (right) comforts former Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha's widow Dr Barbra Magoha at her home in Nairobi on January 25, 2023.
    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (right) comforts former Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha's widow Dr Barbra Magoha at her home in Nairobi on January 25, 2023.
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  • Azimio la Umoja Leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday, January 25, revealed details of the last conversation he had with former Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) George Magoha. 

    Speaking after visiting the bereaved family, Raila noted that they had a phone conversation two weeks ago in which they discussed Maghoha’s potential move to Maseno University.

    The duo had also held conversations on burial preparations for the brother who is set to be laid to rest on Saturday, January 28. 

    A file photo of former Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Omore Magoha
    A file photo of former Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Omore Magoha
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    “We have been speaking on phone. The last time we spoke was two weeks ago and we were talking about the transition. I think he had gone to an interview at Maseno University," Raila stated.

    The Orange Democratic Movement(ODM) Leader described his death as a massive loss to that nation, describing him as a man who dedicated his life to helping Kenyans. 

    On his part, former Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju who served in the same cabinet as Magoha noted that he was shocked to learn about his death after having spent the previous afternoon together. 

    According to Tuju, Magoha was in high spirits and showed no signs of illness save for a moment when he stated that he felt exhausted. 

    Magoha, Tuju added, was at the centre of the team that was working on the preparations for the burial of the brother who had passed on while in the United States. 

    "The passing on of Prof Magoha is a reminder to all of us that we are mere mortals. As colleagues, we are devastated. I think I was here on Monday, January 23, afternoon when we were discussing the funeral arrangements of his brother.

    I did not know that the next time we would come back to this house would be," Tuju noted. 

    Plans to bury Magoha's brother were underway in a ceremony scheduled for Saturday, January 25. The date for Magoha's burial was however not confirmed at the time of the publication. 

    Azimio La Umoja Executive Director, Raphael Tuju, addressing the media
    Azimio La Umoja Executive Director, Raphael Tuju, addressing the media
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