Dr. James Mageria, board director of Karen Hospital and one of the organizers of Karen Hospital kicked the bucket on Thursday
He was the organizer head of Daystar University when it began as a little substance inverse Nairobi Hospital and was one individual who purchased the land that shaped the huge combination that Daystar is at this moment.
“He was a superb man who shepherded me as I took over Daystar. A decent human soul and God-dreading,” Professor Laban Ayiro, Vice-Chancellor of Daystar University, told the Standard.
Dr Mageria was additionally the VP of World Vision in Africa before he joined the Karen Hospital.
Agreeing to The Standard, Dr Betty Gikonyo communicated distress at the misfortune. “It’s difficult to talk following his demise,” she said. They had cooperated with her and individual Karen Hospital fellow benefactor, Dr Dan Gikonyo, throughout the previous 24 years.
“It has been an excursion. We have voyaged together in the foundation of the Karen Group from the clinic all things considered yet we worked with him even before the medical clinic was begun for near 10 years before we came here,” she said.
“I would say he was both a personal friend of ours and a visionary with us because the three of us adopted the vision of developing quality medical services for Kenyans. We discussed it many years ago and were able to get it done and executed by the grace of God. It took a lot of hard work and commitment. ”
What many may not know, however, is that Dr. Mageria was responsible for installing the first street lamps in Nairobi, as Dr. Dan Gikonyo said. The standard.
“Dr. Mageria is an old Alliance High School student in the early 1960s,” said Dr. Dan Gikonyo. “He later joined the police force and was known to be one of the most honest police officers in the country. This is something everyone remembers him for. He became commander of the Kiganjo Police Training College in 1966. From there he went on to head the traffic department of the city of Nairobi.
In his early twenties, he became president of the Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) at the time of Jomo Kenyatta. He was also a founding member of Freedom from Hunger Walk.
He was also the CEO of Express Kenya in the early 1980s, after which he worked in the United States of America with a group called Prison Fellowship International where he was involved in the rehabilitation of prisoners in the United States and around the world and the creation of centers for people who had served their terms and are in need of rehabilitation. From there, he joined World Vision and became the vice president of World Vision in Africa before co-founder of Karen Hospital.
Dr. Betty Gikonyo described him as a great team player with great focus and great execution skills and would see everything he started to finish.
“Here at Karen Hospital, we have had a person who has been a giant in terms of experience, in terms of the ability to communicate with stakeholders, as well as to teach and mentor and left a great void that we will find difficult to fill.” , she said.
She also described Mageria as very active and talked about how she woke up very early, around 4am every day to exercise and pray and was constantly in the hospital before 7am.
“He was a man who kept time. He was very attentive to time, routine and politics and led our board with great skill for 14 years, “he said.
Mageria was also instrumental in the creation of Karen Hospital Medical Training College, she was a founder and board member of the Heart to Heart Foundation. He was passionate about charity and the welfare of the less fortunate in society.
“For a long time, he was the president of the Heart to Heart Foundation, a medical charity we started in 1993 that is going strong, helping children from needy families with heart problems,” she said.
Dr. Mageria was a staunch Christian and a retired elder at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA), but he was also known for working across the board with other religions.
“He didn’t care if I was a Christian, a Muslim or a Hindu. He would have seen leaders of Hindu and Muslim communities come to the hospital to meet him and share a meal. She loved sharing meals with people at meetings because she said it was the best way to bond, ”said Dr Betty Gikonyo.
Dr. Mageria also participated in the formation of the 2010 Kenya Constitution, as one of the people who was a member of the church wing of the clamor to change the constitution.
“He worked very hard and those who were there will remember him as one of the people who worked but didn’t want glory for it. All he wanted to do was finish the job he did, ”said Dr Dan Gikonyo.
“Doctor Mageria is a man of many firsts and one who in his 80 years has achieved a lot and was one who had no regrets. Whatever he needed to do, he did it in full swing and we fell behind having been good students and good pupils and we feel he really helped us grow in those different spheres – be it Christianity, be it business, if it is about community work and being aware that good governance is crucial for the prosperity of people in all areas ”.
He added that they mostly remembered him for his honesty and humility and as a man who never wanted to live the high life despite qualifying for it. Mageria was also passionate about politics.
During the Ufungamano era, when the hype for multi-partyism was at its peak, he was one of the most active members of the Ufungamano group which was chaired by former president Mwai Kibaki when he was the leader of the opposition.
“When he was a police officer, until he rested, he was a man you couldn’t lure, a man who couldn’t sell his conscience and a man who held true to what was right and right until ‘last minute. He never believed in property, he never believed in wealth, and he would spend his time in areas where there was no monetary gain, “said Dr. Dan Gikonyo.
Mageria was also a very senior member of the St. John’s Ambulance, where he served for many years.
Dr Dan Gikonyo summed it up like this:
“He wasn’t a big man, but as he kept telling me, he had more than other people because he had everything he wanted. He was a man who was content with everything he had in life and had no desire for these worldly things we ran for.
“He is someone I have tried to emulate and to follow in his footsteps. If nothing else, in the wake of honest, diligent work without any hint of corruption. In summary, if we had three out of four people like him in the country, this country would go very far ”.