Caroline Mwatha was murdered – Activists poke holes into police account

"New questions raised"

Rights defender Caroline Mwatha. Her body was found at City Mortuary on February 12, 2019

Human rights defended on Thursday used the funeral service of the late Caroline Mwatha to dispute the police narrative that the Dandora-based fighter died while procuring an abortion.

 Mwatha’s emotionally charged memorial service was held at Uhuru Park’s Freedom Corner where renown human rights crusaders insisted that she was murdered.

Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) executive director George Kegoro the late was killed by people who were unhappy with her work.

"Mwatha was killed. Even as the investigations are going on, we know for a fact that Caroline did not kill herself, she was killed by somebody who was offended by her work," Kegoro said.

Timothy Njoya

Veteran activist and preacher Timothy Njoya said the Dandora-based activist had dedicated her life to a redemptive cause.

The ceremony was graced by prominent members of the civil society including former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua, among others.

When I heard the police narrative, I knew it wasn’t the truth, even if the police tell you the truth by mistake, you should not believe them,” Mutunga told the mourners.

Activist Boniface Mwangi separately termed the incident as “murder most foul” saying Mwatha was killed by police officers who were frustrated by her work in reporting and documenting extra-judicial killings.

Caroline Mwatha was murdered. Police have presented their version of what transpired and identified the murder suspects, yet many questions still beg for an answer. We don’t know how she ended up in the clinic, for example. Did she walk there by herself? Was she threatened, or coerced to go to that clinic? To date, her phone is still missing,” Mwangi wrote on Facebook. 

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