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A postmortem exercise is expected to be conducted on the body of human rights activist Caroline Mwatha to establish the cause of her death.

The exercise will be conducted today at the City Mortuary where the body has been lying for more than a week. Police say the woman died as sought abortion services at a clinic in Dandora, Nairobi.

The owners of the clinic then moved the body to the mortuary and booked it under a different name. It was discovered after the owners of the clinic had been arrested and confessed.

Human rights groups and the family of activist Caroline Mwatha yesterday dismissed police reports that she died after a botched abortion.

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Caroline’s father Stanslaus Mbai said the police’s narrative was “hollow, nondescript and not true”. He spoke at City Mortuary, where they camped to wait for a postmortem.

Caroline worked for Dandora Community Justice Centre, a human rights lobby that fights against extrajudicial killings, police brutality and enforced disappearances. It has been documenting police executions in the estate and its environs.

“Saying that Caro died from an abortion operation gone wrong is hogwash. We’ve been with her and we know that she was not pregnant,” Mbai said.

Husband Joshua Ochieng’ expressed dismay at the allegations, saying the abortion theory could not hold.

“If she was supposedly aborting for fear of ruining her marriage, why would she wait to do that after five months?” he asked. “Why didn’t she do it in the first month or two or even less?”

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Mbai questioned the credibility of the records at the morgue. He said his family and friends had visited the morgue and conducted a thorough search from February 8 but did not find the body. They also visited other mortuaries.

“We were here on February 8 and 9 but did not find her. We asked about Caroline. If there was a body by the name Caroline, we could have been shown so we identify her,” the father of four said.

The mortuary attendants had explained on Tuesday that a woman only identified as Grace took the activist’s body to the facility on February 7. Asked on Tuesday to disclose the attendant who was in charge, they said the staff had taken leave.

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Records show the body was booked as Carolyne Mbeki. It is not clear how they arrived at the name.

Human rights activists, led by Haki Africa executive director Hussein Khalid and Dandora Community Justice Centre coordinator Wilfred Olal, took issue with “the police providing information to the media regarding the discovery of the body, even before informing the family.”

“How did they know that the name assigned to the discovered body was wrong? How is that they found it right to tip the media of the discovery but not informing the family who had reported a missing person?” Olal asked.

Joshua Ochieng’Activist Florence Kanyua asked why the postmortem planned for yesterday was pushed to next Monday, with an excuse that chief government pathologist Johansen Oduor was in Naivasha.

“It is them who told us that the postmortem would be carried out today? Why was it postponed to Monday? Is Oduor the only pathologist who can do it?” she asked.

The Star learnt that Oduor was in Arusha. It later emerged that the postmortem is to be done today.

Khalid said, “They told us when I was here with Houghton Irungu [Transparency International director] that they would do the autopsy at 9am. We have even come with our independent pathologist to work together with theirs. What is it now?” 

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Mume wa mtetezi wa haki aliyepotea Dandora ahofia maisha yake

Mume wa mtetezi wa haki wa Dandora aliyepotea ambaye alikuwa anahusika na kesi ya mauaji yasiyo na haki jana alisema kuwa anahofia maisha yake yanaweza kuwa hatarini.

Alisema kuwa anahofia kuwa yeye ndiye anaweza kuwa lengo ambalo linafuatia, mke wake Carolyne Mwatha aliripotiwa kupotea Alhamisi wiki iliyopita.

Mume wake Joshua Ochieng mwanabiashara katika nchi ya Dubai alisema kuwa kupotea kwa mke wake kulimueka hofu kwa maisha yake pia na watoto wake.

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Maandamano yatafanyika hivi leo kwa kuchunguzwa na haki ya haraka. Ochieng alisema kuwa alitoka Dubai Jumapili ili kuja kumtafuta mke wake.

Wazazi wa Carolyne Mwatha
                                Wazazi wa Carolyne Mwatha

Mwatha alikuwa meneja mkuu na pia mwanachama mwanzilishi wa (Dandora Community Justice center), ni kikundi cha kuwatetea haki za wananchi ambacho uhifadhi mauaji yasiyo ya haki na ukatili wa polisi.

Ochieng aliweza kuwasiliana na mke wake kupitia mtandao wa kijamii wa Whats App Jumatano.

“Tulikuwa tunaongea na mke wangu karibu usiku mzima jumatano, asubuhi aliweza kunitumia ujumbe ya salamu za asubuhi, kwa sababu ya kutofautiana kwa masaa niliweza kujibu nikiwa nimechelewa,” Alizungumza Joshua.

Alisema kuwa aliweza kumpigia Mwatha simu mara mbili na mtu kupokea ilhali hakuongea.

“Nilimpigia simu mara nyingi nilipoamka ilhali hakuwa ana chukua simu, nilifikiria ni kawaida kwa maana ilikuwa ni siku ya kazi, nilidhani kuwa ako katika mikutano,” Alieleza Ochieng.

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Ochieng aliingiwa na wasiwasi wakati mke wake alikosa kumpigia tena kisha akawapigia wenzake ndipo waliweza kumuambia kuwa Mwatha hajaenda kazi siku hiyo.

“Sina hakika kuwa msichana wangu yuko mahali sawa ama ana usalama,” Ochieng alisema.

Hii ni baada ya mfanyakazi wa nation media kupotea na kupatikana akiwa amefariki katika chumba cha kuifadhi maiti. Polisi walisema kuwa wataakikisha wamepata namba ya mwisho ambayo ilimpigia Mwatha ilikujua kilicho sababisha apotee.

“Hatuwezi tawala kitu chochote, kazi amabayo tunafanya ni hatari, na tuliweza kupokea vitisho kama watetezi wa haki,” Alinena Olal.

Alisema kuwa Mwatha alikuwa na faili ya kesi ya polisi waliowapiga watu sita risasi katika eneo hilo la Dandora mwaka jana.

Wenzake Mwatha waliweza kusema kuwa mwenzao Mwatha aliwaambia hajihisi vizuri Jumanne na hataripoti kazini lakini jumatano wakakua hawamfikii kwa njia ya simu kwa maana ilikuwa imezimwa.

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“Kufikia sasa tuna wasiwasi kwa mana Caro si rafiki ambaye huwa haongei,”Alisema mwenzake Omondi.

Omondi alisema kuwa wamekuwa wakipea wananchi haki zao,

“Tumekuwa tukipa haki ikuwe ni polisi, mwananchina raia,” Omondi alizungumza.

Gavana wa Nairobi Mike Sonko ameweza kutoa 300,000 kwa yeyote ambaye anafahamu mwanaharakati huyo aliko, na kusema kuwa kama kuna mtu yeyote aliye na habari kumuhusu aweze kupiga simu katika kituo cha polisi kilicho karibu.