Kenya’s ambassador to South Sudan, Amb Chris Karumba Mburu, is dead.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who made the announcement on Monday morning, Amb. Karumba is said to have suffered a heart attack at his home.

Amb. Mburu was once a Director at the National Intelligence Service. He was named Kenya’s diplomat to South Sudan in 2018.

Mburu accompanied South Sudan leader Salva Kiir on Tuesday, February 11, during the State Funeral of retired President Daniel Arap Moi at the Nyayo Sports Complex in Nairobi.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has  sent a message of condolence and comfort to the family, relatives and friends of Kenya’s ambassador to South Sudan Chris  Karumba Mburu who died last night.

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.