NMG Journalist Collapses And Dies Outside Liquor Store

Reports had indicated initially that Mauya succumbed to COVID-19 but an autopsy report ruled it out as he died of cardiac arrest owing to constrictive pericarditis --a rare condition that is caused by the inflammation of the sac-like membrane that surrounds the heart.

NMG Journalist Collapses And Dies Outside Liquor Store

Former Nation Media Group (NMG)'s Taifa Leo sub-editor Dennis Geoffrey Mauya, alias Mauya Omauya, succumbed on Monday, April 26 outside a liquor store in Donholm Estate, Nairobi.

Reports had indicated initially that Mauya succumbed to COVID-19 but an autopsy report ruled it out as he died of cardiac arrest owing to constrictive pericarditis --a rare condition that is caused by the inflammation of the sac-like membrane that surrounds the heart.

Constrictive Pericarditis has similar symptoms with COVID-19, from breathing problems to exhaustion and pain in the chest. 

According to his family, the 37-year-old who received an AstraZeneca vaccine two weeks ago, collapsed and died at around 1pm on Monday outside Jawa Wines and Spirits shop, which is situated a few metres from Savannah Police Post.

Health officers, dressed in personal protective equipment - suspecting that the deceased could have died of COVID-19 - arrived and fumigated the body before it was moved to Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital mortuary.

The family later in the evening transferred the body to Chiromo mortuary where the autopsy was carried out.

“I called Mauya at around 2pm and the call was received by a police officer who told me to rush at Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital after identifying myself as the deceased’s brother,” said Sam Kiyaka, the deceased’s brother, to Daily Nation.

According to Kiyaka, Mauya was living with him in Zimmerman estate for about four months.

“On Monday morning, he told me that he planned to visit his children in Donholm and later head to Nairobi CBD to buy eyeglasses,” he said.

“He left the house at around 9am and we did not communicate again until at around 2pm when I was informed about his death by a police officer.”

Mauya joined NMG in 2007 but left a year later after he got a sponsorship to study for a master’s degree in International Studies, Communications and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London in the United Kingdom.

During his time in London, Mauya was a regular contributor to the Taifa Leo newspaper. He returned to NMG as Taifa Leo sub-editor in 2012 but left in December 2014 to pursue other interests.

Since then, he had been contributing his pieces for Taifa Leo as a columnist.

He graduated with a degree in Information Sciences – Publishing and Media Studies, Information Technology, Librarianship, Records and Archival Management - in 2016 from the Moi University.