Standard Group journalist dies a day after dinner with vocal MP

JOSEPH MASHA PHOTO/COURTESY

The Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) wants police to investigate two politicians from the Coastal region in connection with the death of Joseph Masha, a Standard Group journalist based in Kilifi County.

A day before his death, Masha had dinner with a prominent Member of Parliament from Kilifi County in Mombasa to mend fences after alleged frosty relations between the two.

Masha’s family also claimed that a text message has been retrieved from his mobile phone from one Mabruk who asked: “why are you frustrating me.”

“We are demanding thorough postmortem to reveal the cause of Masha’s death. We also want the MP and a Mr Mabruk investigated to find out if they have a hand in Masha’s death,” said KUJ Secretary General Erick Oduor

Family members revealed that the MP had complained of a story that appeared on Standard newspaper on August 31, where Masha analysed the race for Kilifi gubernatorial seat and named perceived top contenders.

The MP is said to have said the story was damaging and could cost him the votes.

The family said Masha collapsed in the house after complaining of stomachache that had stopped him from going to work, just  a day after a dinner with the MP (at a Mombasa entertainment joint).

The MP is said to have complained to local journalists about the story and reached out to Masha for dinner in Mombasa to mend fences.

“We hope police will take the lead very seriously and bring to book the suspects,” added Mr Oduor.

Masha’s body was taken to the Kilifi County Hospital mortuary pending a postmortem exam.

Masha died aged 50. He is survived by his wife Bahati Mwalimu and five children: Khadija Musinda, 23; Amina Nyadzua, 17; Musa Tondo, 13; Mishi Mkomani, 10; and Asma Muhache, 2.

 

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