KENYA – Body of missing Dandora activist Caroline Mwatha found at City Mortuary


The body of the missing Dandora activist Caroline Mwatha was been found at the City Mortuary.

She was reported missing on Wednesday last week and police had been working around the clock in order to trace her.

According to police sources,  the body was taken to the morgue on February 7, a day after she disappeared.

This, however, contradicts earlier reports as the family said they had visited the mortuary but did not find the body.

The family was notified and positively identified the body on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, police dispelled speculations that a badly mutilated body found in Sagana was that of Mwatha.

A police source, who sought anonymity, said they contacted the family and confirmed the remains are not of their daughter.

The officer said they responded after members of the public called a police station after seeing the body of the woman by the roadside on Tuesday morning.

“However we are not taking any chances, we are extending the search to where every lead will send us,” the officer said.

Mwatha was a senior official at Dandora Community Social Justice Centre.

She had been documenting cases of forced disappearances and police extrajudicial killings, including the cold-blooded murder of six Dandora residents in October last year.

In a statement on Sunday, Amnesty International Executive Director Irungu Houghton called on investigating agencies to move with speed and establish Mwatha’s whereabouts.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko had also offered Sh300,000 reward for information on the missing activist.


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