#FindCarolineMwatha: Search intensifies for missing Kenyan activist

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

One of the trending topics on Twitter in Kenya is #FindCarolinemWATHA

Caroline Mwatha, a senior official at the Dandora Community Social Justice Center vanished on February 5.

She had been documenting cases of enforced disappearance and police extrajudicial killings, including the October 2018 murders of six Dandora residents in the Eastern part of Nairobi.

The Dandora Community Justice Centre says it has checked hospitals, police stations and morgues within the city in the hopes of finding Ms. Mwatha.

The search has now been extended to water bodies and forests in Nairobi and its vicinity and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko offered up a KES 300,000 reward for information on Mwatha’s whereabouts

Kenya’s rights group Missing Voices describes Ms. Mwatha as “a gallant human rights defender” and Amnesty International Executive Director Irungu Houghton called on investigating agencies to move with speed to find her.

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