Catholic Church refuses Caroline Mwatha’s send-off mass
Human rights defender, the late Caroline Mwatha was denied a requiem mass by members of her Catholic Church.
The church refused to hold the mass for her on the grounds that she died while procuring an abortion. It is said that the church has strong grounds against abortion.
After the autopsy on her body, it was revealed that she died due to excessive bleeding in her effort to abort a 5-6 month old pregnancy.
It is yesterday at the Freedom Corner that activists and kenyans of like mind paid their last respect to her body. It was expected that the church will then offer the mass but it never happened.
In attendance were Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris, former Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga, Rev. Timothy Njoya, former cabinet minister Martha Karua as well as her former colleagues, Boniface Mwangi and Okiya Omtatah, Haki Africa chairman Hussein Khalid.
Dr. Willy Mutunga said, “Carol was murdered in a month in which we celebrate Dedan Kimathi, Robert Ouko, Pio Gama Pinto, Malcolm X and many other human right defenders. Carol will be immortalized; she is the only woman in this month.
“When I heard the police narrative, I knew it wasn’t the truth, even if the police tell you the truth by mistake, you should not believe them.”
Caroline will be laid to rest in on Saturday 23rd, at her rural home in Siaya County.