Family in mourning following death of young relative in Ethiopian jail

Zakayo Gatimu, an information technology consultant who died at Kalit Prison in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on December 10, 2016. PHOTO | COURTESY

What you need to know:

  • Mr Zakayo Muriuki Gatimu, an information technology consultant, died last Saturday at Kalit Prison in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa where he had been held since January 10 last year.

  • He was arrested alongside a colleague, Mr Jedrick Wilson Mugo, just a day after arriving to do a site survey for installation of a Vsat Network in the town of Jigiga, some 620km north-west of Addis.

  • Mr Mugo was working for Space Engineering Limited and is still in custody awaiting trial.

  • The trial has been postponed numerous times for lack of witnesses, interpreters or absence of the magistrate.

  • Mr Muriuki was employed by BSS Ltd and was on the same contract with Mr Mugo.

A family is in mourning after a young husband and father died in an Ethiopian jail. This comes because Kenyan authorities supposedly ignored all appeals for help.

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