The Oasis Reporters
February 21, 2022
By Greg Abolo
When the news broke that Kenya’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Wilfred Gisuka Machage had died in Abuja the capital city, wailings rent the air all over the Western district of Kenya.
The wailings were more intense amongst the sub Bantu tribe of Kuria, a very small tribe that Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta saw fit to appoint both Wilfred Gisuka Machage and his twin brother
Sospeter Magita, as ambassadors from.
Sospeter Magita, though, is a former Kenya Ambassador to Russia.
Kenya’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Wilfred Gisuka Machage, Machage, it was learnt, collapsed and died at his home in Abuja on Saturday aged 65.
According to agency report, the deceased envoy’s twin brother, Sospeter Magita,
a former Kenya Ambassador to Russia, revealed on phone that Gisuka died after taking lunch.
Magita said his brother Gisuka had enjoyed relatively good health, but lamented that: “It is a very sad moment that I have today lost my best friend and confidant.”
He further revealed that his brother died while in the company of his wife, whom he had been living together with in Nigeria.
Machage, a former Senator, was appointed as ambassador by President Uhuru Kenyatta in January 2018.
He was also a former legislator, first elected into Parliament in 2002, representing Kuria constituency. He was re-elected in 2007 on a Democratic Party ticket.
Machage also served as Migori County Senator from 2013-2017.
He had previously held the East African Community Affairs docket as cabinet minister and assistant minister of Home Affairs in the office of the Vice President.
Sympathizers in Nigeria marvel at the inclusiveness of the government of Uhuru Kenyatta, son of the founding president of Kenya, Jomo Mzee Kenyatta who has tried exceedingly well to have broug in technocrats from across the broad spectrum of Kenya’s varied tribes into a national government.
“That is why you would have twin brothers from the small tribe of Kuria prominent in his government. Kuria is a small tribe, not anywhere near the big four, Kikuyu, followed by Luya tribe, Kalenjin (where Arap Moi hails from and Luo..(Obama Snr’s tribe) in this inclusive government”, a Nairobi based analyst told us on the line from Kenya’s capital city.
Additional reporting: THISDAY