Bungoma residents are mourning the death of legendary musician Samwel Namatete. He is famous for many songs including Siauma, Endika, Sekali ka mulala among others. He met his abrupt death at Bungoma referral hospital on Monday 2nd March 2020 soon after being admitted in ward 2. Bungoma County musicians chairman Kasembeli Watila said the late had fallen ill at Eldoret on his way to Bungoma after a perfomance in Nairobi. He added that he was taken by a well wisher to a health centre and treated before his family arrived and took him to Sirisia hospital for further medication.
Mr. Kasembeli said his condition worsened and he had to be transferred to Bungoma referral hospital but unfortunately he passed on soon after being admitted. He hails from Kulisiru village in Sirisia constituency and has been eulogised by many as a hard working musician who through his songs has enlightened the society at large. Situma wa Manyasi, one of his ardent fans, said he was a dedicated composer of music whose songs were enjoyed by many in the country. His body has been taken to Bungoma hospital mortuary and the burial arrangements are underway.