Kenyan doctor mysteriously dies in Cuba

RIP

Cuban doctors arriving in Kenya after the two governments signed an exchange program deal (Twitter)

The Ministry of Health has released a statement on the death of a Kenyan doctor who was attached in Havila, Cuba as part of the exchange programme between the two governments.

Dr Hamisi Ali Juma was reported dead on March 17, 2019, in what CS Sicily Kariuki termed as a mystery that is under investigation.

"The circumstances resulting in the death are not clear yet as investigations by Cuban authorities are ongoing.

"As we await the full police report on the case, we urge and request fellow Kenyans especially his fellow student colleagues in Cuba to be sensitive to the grieving family and refrain from discussing the case on social and regular media," the statement read in part.

The Ministry assured the public that the doctor's body would be ferried to Kenya at the earliest possible time even as the Kenyan Embassy in Cuba follows investigations keenly.

Brother to Likoni MP Mishi Mboko

According to a tweet by the verified Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party handle, the doctor was brother to Likoni MP Mishi Mboko.

"Condolences to the family of Likoni MP and Dep. Director of Elections Hon. @MbokoMishi following the death of her brother Dr Ali Hamso in Cuba where he had gone to pursue Masters Degree in Medicine. We pray for God's fortitude to the family during this sad moment," the tweet read.

A total of 50 doctors had been sponsored by the government as part of the MOU signed by the two countries to receive specialized training in Cuba.

The doctors had raised complaints over poor living conditions and a meagre stipend that could not meet their daily expenditure in their host country.

The doctors have barely completed a year in Cuba as the programme is expected to last one more year.

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