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Veteran journalist killed in mysterious circumstances buried

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Gatonye Gathura, the veteran journalist whose body was found in Naivasha a month after being reported missing was buried in Kiambu.

Until his death, Mr Gatonye worked with the Standard Media Group as a health reporter.

Many Kenyans turned out in Ndeiya village to give the final send off to the health and Science journalist.

Mr. Gatonye’s body was found in Naivasha Sub-County Referral Hospital morgue where it had been lying for a month before the relatives were informed by police of his death.

It’s emerging that the deceased was murdered through strangulation before the body was dumped along the Naivasha-Mai Mahiu road in October.

According to police, the body was booked on October 26 at the facility as an “unknown male adult”.

Authorities further say Gathura’s body had been found dumped on the Naivasha-Mai Mahiu Road on the day he was reported missing.

Police said Gatonye might have been strangled. A copper wire was found around his neck when his body was retrieved from the roadside in Kihoto Estate in Naivasha.

After a month of being preserved at Naivasha morgue as an “unknown male adult”, the Registrar of Persons used fingerprints to establish his identity .

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