The National Police Service has issued a statement indicating that human rights activist Caroline Mwatha died procuring abortion.
According to the police, Ms Mwatha was in constant communication with Alexander Gitau Gikonya in Isiolo, as they sought for a way to terminate Ms Mwatha’s five-month pregnancy, in which Gitau was responsible.
“It was further established that established that an unidentified doctor had demanded a fee of Ksh7,000 and after negotiations the cost was reduced to Ksh6,000 which was sent to the lady by Alexander,” says the police.
The police say that the botched abortion happened at New Njiru Community Centre within Dandora Phase I. It is alleged that the abortion was procured by the owner of the clinic Betty Akinyi alias Betty Ramoya and Dr Mike Onchiri.
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Police say that Ms Mwatha died at the clinic and the body transferred to Nairobi City Mortuary where she was booked under the private category by a man who claimed to be her husband. The body was booked under the name Carol Mbeki under the tag number 1495.
So far, six suspects have been arrested including Betty Akinyi, Richard Ramoya, Georgia Achieng, Michael Onchiri, Alexander Gitau and Stephen Maina, an Uber driver.
Caroline was unmasking a case of police intimidation and torture of a matatu driver and his conductor when she disappeared.
When her husband Joshua Ochieng called his wife’s phone last week, someone picked the call, but did not speak.
Ochieng found this strange but decided to keep calm, thinking that maybe, his wife, Caroline Mwatha, a human rights activist in Dandora, was in a meeting.
Ochieng flew into the country on Sunday night from Dubai where he works after getting news of his wife’s disappearance.
He said that he and his wife chatted on Whatsapp through the night last week on Tuesday and that on Wednesday morning at about 8.35am, she sent him a good morning message to which he replied at 9:56 am.
“She usually drops our daughter to school in the morning, she texted me but I did not see it immediately as I was not online at that time,” Ochieng said.
Afterwards, Ochieng called his wife at around noon last Wednesday. The call was picked, but the person on the other end did not utter a word.
“I assumed that she was in a meeting and continued to call; I called the whole night but nobody picked,” Ochieng said.
Later, Ochieng requested his sister-in-law to go to his house and check what was going on. The sister-in-law only found the couple’s 13-year-old daughter. Ochieng also called his wife’s work place but her colleagues did not know her whereabouts.
“That was when I sensed that something was wrong,” said Ochieng.
Mwatha was a founder member and case worker at the Dandora Community Social Justice Centre that has been documenting and lobbying against extra judicial killings.
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