Human rights activist Mwatha’s autopsy due Thursday

February 14, 2019 8:36 am
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According to the Nairobi Deputy Commandant Richard Kerich, the autopsy will be conducted at the City Mortuary where the body has been lying for more than a week/SAM WANJOHI

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 14 – A post-mortem on human rights activist Caroline Mwatha’s body to establish the cause of her death will be conducted on Thursday.

According to the Nairobi Deputy Commandant Richard Kerich, the autopsy will be conducted at the City Mortuary where the body has been lying for more than a week.

Police say Mwatha died as she sought an abortion at a clinic, but her family disputed the theory terming it a cover up, with her father Stanslous Mbai insisting she would not have procured an abortion even if she was pregnant.

A man identified by police as Mwatha’s boyfriend, Alexander Gikonyo, is among six suspects in custody over the death that police say resulted from a botched abortion.

Her husband Joshua Ochieng has called for thorough investigations saying there are a lot of inconsistencies in police accounts.

Several activists including human rights defender Khalid Hussein camped at the City Mortuary Wednesday while demanding justice.

The Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said they retrieved text messages between Mwatha and Gikonyo as they planned to abort the five-month pregnancy.

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