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Prof. Everett Maraka Standa

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It is with profound sorrow and humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the demise of Prof. Everett Maraka Standa.

Son to the late Jotham Standa and the late Rhoda Standa.

Loving Husband to Florence Standa and Elizabeth Standa. Father to Lumbasi Standa, Jotham Standa and Christopher Standa, Victor Standa, Bonnventure Standa, Susan Standa, Serah Standa, Rhoda Standa and Patricia Standa. Grandfather to Mark, Philip, Mohammed and Tots.

Brother to Rosalind Chakava, Mary Angore, Jemimah Standa, the late Tabitha Standa, Abigael Standa, Janet  Makanga, the late Edith Standa Dorothy Standa, the late Patricia Shisia. the late Hellen Malika.

Brother-in-law to Dr. Henry Chakava, Philip Angore, the late Fanuel Makanga, Benson Malika, Fred Shisia, Prof. Aggrey Mokasa, Joseph Smith Okoth, among others.

Uncle to Sharon Banda, Jotham Makanga, Winnie Angore, Kevin Standa, Edward Malika, and Edgar Khaemba, among many others.

Cousin to Edah Ngaira, Francis Murali, Aggrey Sitati Aggrey Mokasa and Nicholas Simani among others.

Grandfather to Curtis Emmanuel Standa and Clifford Maraka Anyuli.

Funeral arrangements are on going at Friends Church – Ngong Road – Nairobi, on 9th, 10th 13 and 14th November, 2023. There are also daily meetings at his Mahanga Village home.

There will be a fundraiser next Wednesday 15th November. 2023 at 5.30pm at United Kenya Club (UKC).

The funeral and burial service will be held on Saturday 18th November 2023 at Mahanga Village, Webuye.

Contributions to be sent to Mrs. Mary Angore (Sister and Treasurer), on MPesa: 0720870226,

Rest in Eternal Peace.

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6 replies
  1. Kris Senanu
    Kris Senanu says:

    Rest in peace Prof.

    You will always be remembered for your jovial light hearted laughter and generous nature.

    My Dad Prof. Senanu had massive respect for you.

    Go well !!

  2. Amb Dr Joseph Kiplagat
    Amb Dr Joseph Kiplagat says:



    *Amb. Dr. J. Kiplagat*
    School of Engineering
    Moi University. Eldoret.
    [email protected]
    6th November 2023


    Prof. Everret Standa this morning 6th November 2023 passed on. May I take this early opportunity to convey my heartfelt condolences to family, friends and community especially members of Academia who knew and held him in high esteem in the corridors of knowledge. His foundational traits were key to establishment from scratch of the Kakamega based Western University College (WEUCO), now Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) in 2002. He inspired in me a lot of life changing principles: his kind, patient, down to earth and firm demeanour being the greatest. His demise today evokes memories galore, of how under his focused hand a small college in Kakamega was turned into a University College, that grew in leaps and bounds to be a fully pledged University in 4 short years in 2006. May I therefore in his remembrance pen a few more lines of occasions that readily come to my mind, having worked with him in this historical endeavor of laying the foundations of MMUST. *May his rich legacy in the corridors of academia and in art live forever. RIEP Prof. Everret Standa*


    *Despatch to Kakamega*
    In September 2002, Prof. Munavu then VC of Moi University, despatched Prof. Standa, (who was then in charge of Moi University PSSP Programme) as Principal, Dr. Kiplagat (myself) as Ass. Dean Faculty of Science and Engineering and Dr. Simiyu as Ass. Dean Faculty of Education, of the newly established Moi University Constituent College on the grounds of the Western College (WECO): a TVET college in Kakamega town.

    *President Moi Order*
    This was coming on the heels of President Moi’s order at Kakamega Agricultural Show in Dec 2001 having been persuaded by leaders under Prof. Eshiwani then Kenyatta University VC and WECO Chair to gift Western Region with a government University. Moi had then decreed: ”.hapa kutakuwa na University…Bw Munavu uko wapi?…” So September the following year found us at WECO to begin grafting WEUCO from scratch. We found basic infrastructure almost nonexistent, owing to the short preparatory time provided. However, the pragmatist and innovator in Prof. Standa ensured the situation was under control. I recall vividly one meeting with the newly arrived first year students: 50 Engineering and 100 Education.

    *Definition of Patience*
    It was one Thursday morning in October 2002, at WEUCO hall. Kakamega streets and alleys alike, were all celebrations: a university was now real not a mirage anymore in their territory. But the mood at the University College was a stark difference. All the first-year students hardly one month old at the College were assembled. They believed they had not arrived and were actually on transit to their University of choice. The Principal Prof Everett Standa, planked by Deans Kiplagat and Simiyu listened to students’ myriad grievances. Everything was a rare commodity: hostels, classrooms, halls, labs, amenities etc. For hours on end Standa was the definition of patience: *indeed, the Abraham of our times.* He was able to calm and assure the students who were already on their edges, that all would be well and basic amenities would be provided as soon as possible.

    *Off to Kenyatta University*
    It was one Sunday evening in March 2003. He was still in his office at WEUCO and we were having a Sunday evening chat with him, when a call came to his phone. We could see from his facial expressions that it was not just any call. After a brief silence he broke the news to us: he was off to Nairobi the following day to assume his new appointment as VC of Kenyatta University. Naturally we would miss him but we celebrated his promotion, knowing that the kind of academic leadership and the foundation he had laid at WEUCO, would find expansive space at Kenyatta and impact even a larger academic fraternity. And indeed, it did so until he completed his tenure and proceeded to Chair the Commission for Higher Education. He was replaced as Principal, by Prof. Wangila a few weeks later.


    *In 2006, history was cast in stone. The University College that was founded by Prof Standa’s rare insight and Council Chair Jan Mutai’s gifted leadership,* whose pioneer first year students thought they were on transit, whose pioneer lecture classes were done under a baobab tree, whose first student hostels were rented apartments at edge of WEUCO compound, a College whose lecturers converted their cars into offices, a College with a sisal rope for a gate at the Webuye-Kakamega road: *miraculously birthed MMUST in record 4 years.*

    When Pres. Kibaki came in 2006 to hand over the University Charter and install Standa successor Prof. Wangila as new VC, he was dump founded with WEUCO story, so much so that he broke his own rules and *took up Chancellorship position himself.* It was the same year that I completed my tenure as Dean.
    Prof. Standa’s architecture of a new University from scratch shall remain etched in the rolls of honor at MMUST and in Kenya. He was my mentor. *He engraved patience, down to earth optimism and leadership traits in me.*
    *RIEP Prof Everret Standa*

  3. Christopher Standa
    Christopher Standa says:


    Dad’s presence always lit up our hearts. He understood our different needs and engaged with each one of us according to our individual needs. He was patient and gentle.

    Dad loved music and would dance and sing along to different genres. He would remind us that Soul Music was the in thing back in the day while was a student in the USA. He loved Lingala by the likes of Franco Luambo, Tabu Lay, Madilu System among others. He also loved music by Les Wanyika, Remy Ongala, Mbaraka Mwinshehe, etc.

    Dad would sometimes sit down with JJ and I and listen to what we enjoyed i.e. Rap and Hip-Hop and would remind us that Hip hop was born out of Soul music and he would further relate the Hip Hop tunes to the different artists from the Soul generation. Dad would cheer up Lumbasi by dancing with him. At some point he worked as a DJ with different radio stations while in the U.S.A.

    I once remember after sitting for a Maths paper during mock exams just before sitting for my K.C.P.E. dad asked me how it all went. I told him the time allocated was not enough to answer all the questions and that I thought I was going to fail since I had only answered less than half of the questions. Dad just told me to always remember to read the instructions and then always start with the easy questions. The last part where he told me to always start with the easy questions made a big difference ever since.

    We used to admire how dad and mom would blend English and Luhya as they communicated.

    We will miss you dearly Dad. Rest well. Our hearts are now your home.


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