The Bahrain authorities on Tuesday determined the cause of death of a Kenyan, Anne Wanjiru, as consistent with “suicide”.
In a dispatch dated March 16 from the Kuwait Embassy and signed by Ahmed Mohamud on behalf of the Ambassador, Wanjiru a Kenyan house-help hanged herself on February 20.
Mohamud said the report from the Bahrain authorities said the deceased had suffocation marks along her neck caused by a cord found on her neck.
“There were no external injuries that were present on the body and she was fully clothed at the time of death,” said Mohamud.
He said there was no presence of substances in her urine and bloodstream and that the first responders (ambulance attendance) report indicated she had no pulse by the time of arrival to the scene.
“In view of the report the Embassy of Kenya in Kuwait will facilitate the repatriation of the remains of Wanjiru on March 16 and the body will arrive in Kenya on the following day on Wednesday,” said Mohamud.
Mohammed said as the embassy condoles with the embassy, it appreciates the efforts and concerns of the Kenyan community in Bahrain and assured the diaspora that all the necessary procedures to the deceased have been carried out.
Meanwhile, an official in the Foreign Affairs Department said on Monday the government is processing the repatriation of Kenyan who died in Bahrain in unclear circumstances.
“We are in touch with the family and they know what we are doing. Because of unclear circumstances under which Anne Wanjiru died in a Bahrain home, the police must be involved in the matter,” said the official who chose to remain unnamed.
He said that it is only the CS who is normally allowed to speak to the media but added that, for purposes of clarity the department of foreign affairs has written to the Kenyan embassy in Kuwait to follow up the matter.
Wanjiru, who was a house-help at a private home in Bahrain succumbed to illness on February 20, but her employer kept her demise in secret for 5 days before alerting her family in Kenya.
Wanjiru’s mother, Wanjiru Kamau, 70, told the Star that she spoke to her daughter one day before she passed on and she complained of hunger and stomach pain.
“She told us that she had been ill for close to a month and her boss refused her to seek treatment in hospital. Wanjiru also claimed her boss stopped serving her food,” said Kamau.
Kamau also claimed that even after her daughter’s death on February 20, her phone was on data and no one responded to the messages the family members in Ongata Rongai were directing to their kin in Bahrain.
The official at the foreign affairs office said that because of the complication involved, the repatriation process of the body might take a bit longer.
“We need to unravel and clear all that is grey in this matter by organising for a postmortem so that we can be sure of the next cause of action.
Wanjiru’s relatives in Kajiado are also demanding salary balances of about Sh 10,000 that they claim her employer used to deduct each month for the last 15 years she started working for her.
Wanjiru’s employer is a retired civil servant in Bahrain, according to the late Kenyan brother, Geoffrey Wanjama in Ongata Rongai.
“She has only sent Sh 40,000 in the last 15 months and yet my sister’s salary had been Sh 23,000 per month. My sister was not allowed to go out of the house because of coronavirus, and therefore she did not spend her money,” claimed Wanjama.
Her body has been reserved at Salmayian mortuary.