JUBA-(MaraviPost)-Chris Karumba Mburu, the Kenyan Ambassador to Juba, South Sudan has died of heart attack.
The ambassador’s family broke the news on Monday morning without giving more details of the death.
As reported by Daily Nation, the former Director of External Intelligence at the National Intelligence Service was appointed as Kenya’s ambassador to south Sudan by President Uhuru Kenyatta in July 2018.
Before his demise, Mburu was part of a cohort that included several civil servants and politicians including former Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss Ndegwa Muhoro who was posted to Malaysia and former Chairperson of the Salaries and Remunerations Commission (SRC) Sarah Serem who was posted to Beijing, China.
During his tenure, he led an aggressive campaign against counterfeit Kenyan goods being sold in South Sudan as it emerged that Kenyan manufacturers could be black-listed due to the thriving counterfeit operation in Juba.
According to him, he believed the sub-standard goods were either produced in Juba’s black market or smuggled through the border with Uganda.
Mburu was also pursuing an agreement to have Kenyan and South Sudan nationals exempted from producing visas during cross-border travel to facilitate easier movement.
In December 2019, Mburu announced that the agreement was almost complete and what remaining for the agreement to be sealed was a meeting between immigration officials of the two countries.
Meanwhile, his body has been taken to the mogul to establish the real cause of death.