Missing Kenyan activist found dead

Kenyan activist Caroline Mwatha

The BBC reported that missing Kenyan activist Caroline Mwatha has been found dead.

Mwatha worked for the Dandora Community Justice Centre (DCDJ), documenting extra-judicial police killings on the Dandora estate in the east of the capital Nairobi.

She disappeared last Wednesday and efforts to find her spawned the trending hashtag #FindCarolineMwatha. No more details about her death have been made public.

Amnesty International had tweeted about its concern for Mwatha on Monday and said it had still hoped to find her alive. The BBC’s Ferdinand Omondi in Nairobi says sources indicate that Mwatha’s body is at the City Mortuary in Nairobi.

Kenyan activist Caroline Mwatha

Her family and colleagues say they had looked for her in many places in the past few days, including the mortuary where she was found. A vigil was held for Mwatha in Nairobi on Monday.

Kenyan rights group Missing Voices called her a “gallant human rights defender”, and said she was last seen on Wednesday afternoon by a friend going into her home in Dandora.

Another friend said she did not pick up the phone when called that evening.Police will now try to unravel where and how she died.


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