Why autopsy of Kenyan journalist who died after dinner with MP will be conducted in South Africa


Postmortem examination of Standard Group journalist based in Kilifi County who died after dinner with a prominent MP from Kilifi County last Saturday will be conducted in South Africa.

Joseph Masha met a vocal MP in Mombasa on September 2 to mend fences after alleged frosty relations between the two; and the following day, he died after developing stomach complications.

Leading a team of five doctors, a government pathologist who supervised the postmortem exercise on the body of Masha at Kilifi County Hospital mortuary Friday told eDaily that their examination did not reveal the cause of Masha’s death.

“We created an incision from both shoulders joining over the sternum and continuing down to the pubic bone. However, we didn’t manage to establish the cause of Masha’s death. We have thus taken tissue samples from his body which will be flown to South Africa for extensive necropsy,” said the lead government pathologist.

Family members revealed that an MP from Kilifi County 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 dinner with the MP at a Mombasa entertainment joint.

“We hope police will take the lead very seriously and bring to book the suspects,” said Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) Secretary General Erick Oduor.

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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