What seemed like a honeymoon visit turned in to grief. The family of former Jubilee strategists is in mourning.
Peter Magara, the former Jubilee strategist was found dead outside Magharibi Hotel in Kisii where he had checked in with his wife.
The body was discovered lying outside the hotel by one of the hotel’s staff on Saturday morning.
The cause of death remains unclear.
Peter and his wife Jane Nyambura Magara had traveled to Kisii leaving behind their two children in Nairobi. The couple checked in at the Magharibi hotel on Thursday evening.
Jane reported that her husband stepped out when she was in slumber but did not return to their hotel room before his body was found outside.
“We checked in to the Hotel on Thursday evening, but on Friday my husband was exhibiting unusual behavior.”He stepped out of the hotel at night but unsuccessfully attempted to start the car engine. He came to the room but unfortunately, I didn’t get to notice the second time he left the room,” she narrated.
Magara was a key member of the Gusii Professionals Group. He together with several Gusii professionals led by Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i and Health PS Susan Mochache campaigned for President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017 election.
According to the widow, Magara had shown signs of stress in the past week and they had sought medication at a private hospital in Kisii. However, the course of treatment remains unknown.
The deceased was also part of President Uhuru’s sister Kristiana Pratt’s campaign team that camped in Kisii and Nyamira Counties campaigning for Jubilee.
Kisii County police boss Martin Kibet affirmed the incident and reported that the deceased family had tried to refrain Magara 2 days before his death.
“We are investigating the matter though initial inquiries indicate that he might have developed a psychiatric problem,” said divulged.
Before his death, Magara was working as the Chief Engineer at Fair Mount Hotels-Nanyuki.
Among those who have condoled with the family include the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology don Dr. Joseph Birundu and Engineer Henry Otara.
In his remarks, Dr. Birundu said “He has left a gap both the family and community level. His professional expertise will be missed.”