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Depression Killed my Son in Ethiopia, says Father of Zakayo Muriuki Gatimu

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A sombre mood engulfed Lutheran Church along Uhuru Highway during a requiem mass for a Kenyan IT specialist who died in Ethiopia.

The deceased, Mr Zakayo Muriuki Gatimu, 37, an information technology consultant, died on December 10, this year, a prisoner of Kalit Prison in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa where he had been held since January 10, 2015.

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Zakayo Muriuki Gatimu

In his eulogy, his father — Emannuel Gatimu — narrated how he watched his son lose hope of freedom in a foreign country and die of depression due to poor judicial system there.

Mr Gatimu told mourners that his son was arrested in Jijiga, but his case kept being postponed severally each time with a different excuse.


“After waiting for his case to be finalised after numerous failed efforts to bring him home, he slipped into depression early November,” said Mr Gatimu.

He said that in August last year, a court had ruled that his son was innocent only for the same court to request for three months to have the ruling typed as they were going on holiday.