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Detectives kick off probe into scribe death

Officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) have started investigations into the death of Coast-based journalist Joseph Masha who died on Saturday.

Kilifi DCI offi cer Jason Mworia yesterday visited the family at Cashem, Kiwandani in Kilifi to record statements on deceased’s movements before his death.

The journalist who worked for The Standard collapsed on Saturday and was rushed to Kilifi County Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival in what is suspected to be poisoning.

Mworia said when Masha’s death was reported at Kilifi Police Station on Saturday, they treated it as normal death but the incident is emerging to be a different case.

He said an autopsy will be conducted on Thursday. “The autopsy will reveal what caused his death. If it is food poisoning, we will defi nitely know,” he said.

Coast Parliamentary Group chairman Gunga Mwinga and former Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi have asked the police to speed up probe into the death of the journalist, who is said to have complained of threats to his life.

Human rights groups and the media fraternity, including the Kenya Union of Journalists, have also called for thorough investigation into the matter.

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