British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey and his Kenyan counterpart in the UK have expressed their condolences following news that Zambian diplomat Brenda Muntemba-Sichilembe has died following a road accident along the Mombasa-Nairobi Highway.
The Zambia High Commissioner to Kenya suffered internal bleeding after being involved in an accident on February 26 in Machakos while travelling from Mombasa.
Her car collided head-on with a lorry and two employees from Zambian High Commissoin, Wasa Kaluwe and John Guttu, also sustained injuries.
Botswana’s High Commissioner Duke Lephoko was also involved in the same accident when his car rammed into Muntemba’s, aggravating the impact and injury.
Ms Muntemba was treated at Machakos Level 5 Hospital before being transferred to ICU in Nairobi Hospital where she died on Tuesday (19 March).
Mr Hailey described her as “a great colleague among the Commonwealth heads of mission in Nairobi.
“We will miss her greatly. Our deepest condolences to her family,” he added.
The Kenyan High Commissioner to the UK, Manoah Esipisu said he was “deeply saddened” by Ms Mutemba’s passing, describing her as “a distinguished public servant, and friend of Kenya.”
Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Monica Juma added her own condolences saying she was “deeply saddened” by the news of Ms Muntemba’s death.
“I convey my deepest condolences, and those of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya, to her family, friends and colleague Hon Joe Malanji, for this great loss,” she Tweeted.