RMS mourns Allan Makaka after he was killed in road accident


RMS mourns Allan Makaka after he was killed in road accident
Bernard Ndong interviews Allan Makaka July 22, 2018 on the sidelines of the Rugby Sevens World Cup at the AT and T Center San Francisco, USA. PHOTO | Ondari Mogeni

In Summary

  • The retired player was an alumnus of Musingu High School that is renowned for producing the country's rugby and soccer stars.
  • Having reluctantly taken up the sport as a teenager, Makaka rose to become one of the hottest High School prospects.
  • He eventually earned his Shujaa bow and went on to make a total of 57 appearances on the Sevens World Series.

Allan Makaka, an employee at Royal Media Services, died in a road accident on Mombasa Road on Friday.

RMS Human Resources Director Rose Wanjohi confirmed the news on Saturday morning.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing on of our colleague Allan Makaka, Business Manager in the Commercial department through a tragic road accident on 22nd  May 2020,” she said.

The HR Director described Makaka as a person who worked with great dedication, passion and commitment.

He joined RMS in February 2012 as a Business Executive and later became the Business Manager in charge of HOT 96.

“We have been in touch with the family to condole with them. We request your prayers and support to the family during this very difficult time,” The Director’s statement adds.

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Makaka, an alumnus of United States International University (USIU) Africa, was a former Kenya rugby sevens international and Kenya Harlequin FC flier.

The Kenya Rugby Union released a statement on Saturday saying his death is a huge loss to his family, friends, colleagues and the rugby fraternity.

KRU described him as a warm individual off the pitch.

“Born on 28 June 1982, Allan Makaka was a former Kenya Sevens international and was part of the squad that played at the 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Hong Kong and the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia,” the statement on the website reads.

The retired player was an alumnus of Musingu High School that is renowned for producing the country’s rugby and soccer stars.

Having reluctantly taken up the sport as a teenager, Makaka rose to become one of the hottest High School prospects and first earned a junior national team call-up in Form Four to feature in Under-18 and Under-21 tournaments.

He eventually earned his Shujaa bow and went on to make a total of 57 appearances on the Sevens World Series, managing 28 tries and is ranked 21st overall amongst Kenya’s all time try scorers on the World Series.

The 37-year-old initially played his club rugby at defunct military side Ulinzi, winning back to back National Sevens Circuit titles in 2002 and 2003, making a name for himself with his searing pace and earning selection to the national sevens squad, Shujaa off the back of his performances.

He moved to Kenya Harlequin upon Ulinzi’s disbandment at the close of the 2004 season and featured in the Quins squads that won the National Sevens Circuit title in 2005 and 2006 and the 2008 Kenya Cup league title.

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