Kenyan ambassador to South Sudan Chris Karumba Mburu has died. Reports indicate that Mburu collapsed at his residence in Juba on Sunday night and died.
His body has been flown back home. His last official duty before his death was welcoming and seeing off President Salva Kiir of South Sudan when he attended the funeral service of former president Daniel Moi.
Ambassador Mburu’s body was received at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo, Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau and family members of the deceased.
The late Chris Karumba Mburu was appointed Kenya’s Ambassador to South Sudan by President Kenyatta in 2018.
The deceased previously served as the director of External Intelligence at the National Intelligence Service (NIS).
President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family, relatives and friends of the ambassador.
The President described the late Mburu as a distinguished career public servant and a great Kenyan diplomat who was committed to building strong bilateral ties between Kenya and South Sudan.
“Death has robbed us of a great public servant who served his country with distinction. Since his appointment as our envoy to Juba, Ambassador Mburu has worked hard to ensure free flow of trade and investment between Kenya and South Sudan,” the President wrote.
The Head of State eulogized the fallen diplomat as a shining star whose service to the nation shall be dearly missed.
“Kenya has lost a brilliant public servant whose star was shining bright and whose service shall be dearly missed,” the President said.
The President prayed to God to give the family of the late Mburu strength and fortitude to bear with the loss of their beloved especially in this difficult period of mourning.
“I deeply sympathize with each one of you as you mourn and pray that God will give you the grace to accept his will,” President Kenyatta wrote in his message to the family.