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February 19, 2019

[VIDEO] Search for missing Dandora activist extended to forests, rivers

Caroline Mwatha, a senior official at Dandora Community Social Justice Center, disappeared last Wednesday. /COURTESY
Caroline Mwatha, a senior official at Dandora Community Social Justice Center, disappeared last Wednesday. /COURTESY

The search for a missing Dandora human rights activist has been extended to water bodies and forests in Nairobi and its vicinity.

Caroline Mwatha, a senior official at Dandora Community Social Justice Center, disappeared last Wednesday.

She had been documenting cases of enforced disappearance and police extrajudicial killings, including the cold blood murder of six Dandora residents in October last year.

The centre has tried in vain to locate the mother of two in hospitals, police stations and morgues within the city.

Coordinator Wilfred Olal said they have written to relevant bodies to grant them access to forests and rivers.

“We are now focusing on forests of Karura and Ngong,” he told the Star on phone on Monday.

Olal said the search will also be conducted in Nairobi river.

Mwatha's family is now worried that she could be part of the statistics she has been documenting.

Olal said a vigil will take place at the centre on Monday from 4 pm.

See more: #FindCarolineMwatha: Human rights group to hold night vigil in Dandora

“There shall be solidarity messages from human right defenders within Nairobi. Candles will be lit,” he said.

Police are yet to issue an official report on Mwatha's disappearance that was reported at Buru Buru police station on Friday.

Read also: DCI urged to probe disappearance of human rights defender

Reports reveal the activist's phone was on until Wednesday at 6 pm. It has been off since then making a trace impossible.

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

Read: Police on the spot over missing Dandora activist

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