Kenyan rights activist found dead

A Kenyan human rights activist has been found dead outside his house in the capital city, Nairobi.

The late Bantu Mwaura. Picture by the University of KwaZulu Natal.

The late Bantu Mwaura. Picture by the University of KwaZulu Natal.

According to the Standard newspaper, Bantu Mwaura’s body was found outside his gate at Sunlight estate in Nairobi’s Lang’ata area, on Monday morning. He had been missing since last Friday.

It is still not clear how he died but there are several theories doing the rounds in Nairobi. Speculation ranges from assassination by a government hit squad to suicide. Police are already investigating the death.

The news comes amidst revelations that the dreaded KweKwe squad has been renamed as “Eagle” squad. The mission of Eagle Squad is to kill anyone it suspects of having links to Mungiki.

Bantu was among human rights activists who urged the international community not to recognize the controversial re-election of President Mwai Kibaki following the bungled elections of December 2007.

Bantu was a university lecturer, human rights activist, poet, writer, art critic, performing artist, director, playwright and storyteller. He undertook his PhD in Performance Studies at the New York University and also has a Masters degree in Theatre Studies from Leeds University (UK) and another Masters in African-American and African Studies from the Ohio State University (USA).

His research has largely focused on examining how performance theory interfaces with theatre practice in Africa, how culture impacts and has been impacted upon by real politics, and on the politics of performance space.


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