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Former Standard Journalist Found Dead

Gathura’s body was traced to Naivasha Sub-County Referral Hospital morgue.

Veteran Health and Science journalist Gatonye Gathura, who went missing on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, has been found dead.

Sources told Viral Tea that Gathura’s body was traced to Naivasha Sub-County Referral Hospital morgue.

Naivasha OCPD Samwel Waweru revealed that the body of Gathura was discovered on October 26 at a place called Kihoto, in Naivasha.

The body had a rope on the neck which suggested that the journalist might have been killed elsewhere before being dumped at the place.

Veteran Health and Science journalist Gatonye Gathura. /FACEBOOK

His fingerprints were run and it was discovered to the body of Gathura.

Authorities added that Gathura’s body had been found dumped on the Naivasha-Mai Mahiu Road on the day he went missing.

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

Gathura wrote for The Standard and Nation in the past before he started a Health and Science blog called Rocket Science (rocketsciences.co.ke), a website that covered reproductive health, COVID-19, mental health, common diseases, health research, among others.

He published his last story on the website which was titled Sterilised men protect their women against ovarian cancer – study, on October 19, 2021.

He released two articles on October 16, one titled Kenyans drop guard as Covid-19 fatigue sets in, and the other 20,000 sex workers in Nairobi have mental health issues – study.

Gathura successfully operated the website for five years and eleven months.

The manner of his death is a dark reminder of Jennifer Wambua, the senior government official who was also a veteran journalist formerly based in Machakos, who was found dead at City Mortuary in Nairobi on March 13, 2021.

The late veteran journalist and senior government official Jennifer Wambua. /FILE

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