A celebration of life for the late Caroline Mwatha was yesterday held at the Dandora Community Justice Centre, a year after her death.

Caroline went missing last year on February 6. She failed to report to work after taking her daughter to school early in the morning.

Her body was then found at City Mortuary, under another name.

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The late Caroline Mwatha

At least 200 human rights defenders, community members and civil society members have attended the ceremony.

Caroline Mwatha's husband Joshua ochieng: Photo courtesy of Wilfred Nyangaresi
Caroline Mwatha’s husband Joshua ochieng: Photo courtesy of Wilfred Nyangaresi

Family and friends have remembered the human rights defender as a fighter who was ready to fight for the rights of the wananchi.

“She was a selfless woman whom you would always approach her for advice whenever in trouble.”

We pray that God would protect us.

She has put us together and she not only left us but she gave us a family.

That is her immediate family; her husband and children.

As quiet as she was, you would never think she would cause a storm as she did,” her colleague Susan Lumumba said.

Rights defenders have also vowed that they shall not stop the fight until justice is served.

“Until the truth and justice is served. If they kill us, our children will continue with the struggle. We will not rest until we get justice,” Githurai justice centre’s activist Njoki Gachanja said.

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A memorial tree planting and a fundraising for her two children’s (boy 17 and a girl 14) education is also being held.

A small vigil will be conducted in her memory after the ceremony.

Mwatha was a founding member of the Dandora Justice Centre and the social Justice Centre’s working group.

She was heavily involved in the documentation of extrajudicial killings in Dandora and was committed to highlighting the ills committed by rogue officers.

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