Caroline Mwatha's body was found at Nairobi City Mortuary. Photo: Rine Mbeki/Facebook.

Kenya:Missing Human Rights activist found dead

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

Caroline Mwatha's body was found at Nairobi City Mortuary. Photo: Rine Mbeki/Facebook.
Caroline Mwatha’s body was found at Nairobi City Mortuary. Photo: Rine Mbeki/Facebook.

A prominent Human Rights activist who went missing on Wednesday, February 6 was found dead in a Nairobi morgue.

The body of Caroline Mwathi was found at City Mortuary on Tuesday, February 12, after one week search by friends and colleagues.

The deceased disappeared in Dandora, neighborhood in Nairobi where she lived. According to her friends, her phone remained off after she was last seen during the fateful day in the morning.

Mwatha was the founder and a member of Dandora Community Social Justice Centre, which has been documenting cases of extrajudicial killings by security personnel in the area and calling for police professionalism and public accountability.

Police is always in the receiving end of criticism over brutal and extrajudicial killings.

Report from Directorate of Criminal investigations has revealed that she may have died as a result of excessive bleeding following a botched abortion at a Nairobi based clinic. The report further disclosed that she was five months pregnant and had been dating a man named as Alexander Gitau Gikonya.

“Further exploitation revealed communications relating to an intended termination of five-month old pregnancy between said Caroline and Alexander,” reads part of the statement.

The duo had agreed to carry out the abortive abortion with New Njiru Community Centre in Dandora at a cost of Kshs.6, 000 ($60). She died at the facility and her body was ferried to the Mortuary on February 7 and registered as Carol Mbeki, a false name.

“The owner of the clinic, and a doctor came forward and admitted that they took the body to the mortuary and booked her under a different name and indicated she died of diarrhea,” divulged police report.

Police have confirmed arrest of six people including the owner of the clinic and the alleged lover believed to be behind her death.

“We have two suspects in custody and they are the ones who led detectives to the mortuary,” said police.

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