Kenya’s envoy to Nigeria Wilfred Machage laid to rest

The late former Kenyan High Commissioner to Nigeria Wilfred Machage was Friday laid to rest at his Kehancha home in Kuria West constituency, Migori County.

His body was interred next to his late mother according to his wishes.

According to his family, on February 19, Machage,65, collapsed in front of his wife at his home in Abuja, Nigeria and died when he was being rushed to hospital.

Also read: President Kenyatta mourns Kenya’s envoy to Nigeria Dr Wilfred Machage

Machage issued clear directions that he be buried close to his mother, and his wife is buried by his side when she dies.
Democratic Party Leader and Presidential Aspirant JB Muturi was amongst ODM Party Leader and Azimio Presidential hopeful Raila Odinga, several Governor’s and other leaders at the funeral.
DP Leader Muturi abstained from using the platform to extend his Presidential campaigns and instead reminded the family, friends and congregants of his friendship with the late Dr. Wilfred Machage.
On his part, Raila eulogized the late Machage as a peace loving person who strived to unite his community with extension to the country.

In a moving tribute, Raila reminded the Kuria community of how he crafted the negotiate democracy pact that benefitted the Kuria who’re the minority in Migori county.

Raila eulogized the late Machage as a peace loving person

Odinga said he has the interest of the kuria community at heart and will ensure that they’re accommodated in his government, (if he wins the presidential race).

President Uhuru Kenyatta in a speech read by the CS Eugene Wamalwa praised Machage as a dedicated and patriotic citizen who fought for the best for his country

Wamalwa however urged the Kuria community to throw their weight behinds Odinga’s presidential campaign if they expect to reap more from devolution.

His sentiments were echoed by Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho who said as the minority communities, they’re optimistic that in future , they’ll get a presidential candidate.

Machage was first elected as Member of Parliament to represent the Kuria Constituency in 2002.

He later served in the late president Moi’s government in several ministries as an assistant minister and was at one time appointed a cabinet minister for East African Community Affairs, Bank accounts held at Kenya Commercial Bank, where he was also an ex-officio member of the East African Legislative Assembly.

In 2007, Machage was elected on the Democratic Party ticket as a member of parliament for the Kuuiria Constituency before the region was segmented into Kuria East and Kuria West sub counties after the promulgation of the 2010 constitution.

The deceased also served as an Assistant Minister of Home Affairs’ Office of Vice President, Office of the President, Health, and Roads in FORMER President Mwai Kibaki’s administration.

In 2013, Machage was elected as the first senator of Migori where he served till 2017 before being replaced by the late Ben Oluoch in the last elections.

In January 2018, President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed him as an Ambassador before being re-designated to serve as Kenya’s High Commissioner to Nigeria and accredited to 12 other countries in central and west Africa.

He served in the position till his death.

He leaves behind a wife, Claris Machage, several children and grand children.


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