The Kenya High Commissioner in Nigeria Dr. Ambassador Wilfred Machage, has passed on, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday.
The High Commissioner, who collapsed at his official residence, was later pronounced dead at an Abuja hospital.
Persecondnews recalls that the ex- Sudan Ambassador to Nigeria, Tagelsir Ali, also died mysteriously in Abuja in October 2014.
The statement said: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs regrets to announce the sudden death of Hon Dr. Ambassador Wilfred Machage, Kenya High Commissioner to Nigeria and accredited to 12 other countries in Central and Western Africa which occurred today.
“Ambassador Machage collapsed at home and was pronounced dead at hospital shortly thereafter at around 12.30pm this afternoon in Abuja, Nigeria.
“His wife was with him when this unfortunate incident happened.”
The Principal Secretary to the Ambassador, Macharia Kamau, said the Ministry and the country had lost a dedicated and committed leader.
Meanwhile, his twin brother, Sospeter Magita, who is also a former Kenya Ambassador to Russia, told newsmen that the commissioner collapsed and died at his home after taking lunch.
Magita said his brother had no health challenge and that he enjoyed “relatively good health till death.”
“It is a very sad moment that I have today lost my best friend and confidant.”
He said his brother died while in the company of his wife whom they had been living together in Nigeria.