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Magoha: I Was Deputy Commander Of A Ruthless Eastland’s Gang

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Magoha: I Was Deputy Commander Of A Ruthless Eastland's Gang

Magoha: I Was Deputy Commander Of A Ruthless Eastland’s Gang
On Thursday, April 14, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha revealed that he was a member of a ruthless gang operating in Eastlands, Nairobi County.
Magoha stated in Nairobi that he was the deputy commander of Siweke, a gang of teenagers who had been terrorizing Kayole Estate and its environs.
He described how he was at the forefront of the group’s operations, which, he said, were mostly violent.
“It is true that I grew up in Eastlands, and I was one of the tough guys there. I was the deputy commander of a juvenile gang called Sicheki and we used to have skirmishes with other groups at Ololoo and Makongeni,” he stated.
The no-nonsense CS that, while he enjoyed the benefits of being a member of the gang, a television program – a performance by the Starehe Boys Centre music band – gave him a wake-up call that changed his life.
“One day, I saw the Starehe Boys band play on television. I liked the bright blue and red colours and I told myself that I wanted to join that school because of that band,”
Driven by his love of music, he began lessons, specializing in bass guitar. Magoha joined a band led by legendary musician Ochieng’ Kabasselleh that performed rhumba music in the Luo dialect.
Former Starehe Boys Director Geoffrey Griffin identified Magoha and offered him a spot at the school. The national school not only cultivated his career but also instilled in him a disciplined culture.
“It is true that I played the bass guitar, which I started from outside Starehe, but when I got there, the institution instilled discipline in me.
Professor George Magoha, Cabinet Secretary for Education, described how he sneaked out of school to play base guitar in Nairobi’s city clubs.
Magoha stated that while at Starehe Boys Center, he frequently sneaked out of class through the window to join the Kabaselle music band.
Magoha told a group of students that he would have been a brat if it hadn’t been for Geoffrey William Griffin, the founding director of Starehe Boys’ Centre, in a rare admission of his dark past as a student.
"That discipline is why I am what I am today, because all the band members, including Kabeselleh himself, died a long time ago,” he stated.
The CS urged people to see him as living proof of how education transformed his life. He is now one of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s best-performing cabinet secretaries, and he takes pride in reforming the Ministry of Education.
Magoha has become a champion for education and continues to advocate for less fortunate students to be able to attend school. He insisted on giving scholarships to needy students while announcing the results of the 2021 KCPE Form One selection.
“The NG-CDF should be a little bit more regimental in the manner in which they give scholarships. Don’t give scholarships to children with 400 marks whose fathers are the Magoha’s of this world, you would have wasted the money.
Magoha was speaking to over 2,000 recipients of the Elimu Scholarships and the Equity Group Foundation Wings to Fly.
Magoha used the opportunity to tell the students about his rowdy but zealous childhood days and his love of playing bass guitar.
The rare admission was prompted by a recent cartoon published in The Standard, the contents of which he claimed were accurate.
The cartoon showed a young Omore JoJ (George Omore Magoha) wearing a school uniform and carrying a guitar around his tiny body.
Magoha had a frown on his face, which drew the attention of his fellow band members.
"Look for where there is the greatest need. Look for those children who would not have otherwise gone to a boarding school and are moderate in their passing so that they also go to the university,” he stated.
Prof PLO Lumumba, who grew up in Jericho, Prof Mutahi Ngunyi, and Barrack Muluka, both of whom grew up in Maringo, are among the other prominent Kenyans who grew up in Nairobi’s Eastlands.
Magoha: I Was Deputy Commander Of A Ruthless Eastland’s Gang

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