Police in Nairobi are investigating the mysterious death of Kenyan scholar Prof. Zachary Mumbo Mosoti.
The half-naked body of Mumbo, an associate professor of management and human resource at the United States International University-Africa (USIU), was found in his rented bedsitter house in the Kipawa area of Kamulu on December 10th.
Beside his lifeless body that did not have any physical injuries were five blue tablets, an insulin pen, and a carrier bag containing a woman’s bra and underwear. His shirt had been soaked in water in a handwashing sink.
It was initially thought that Prof. Mumbo died of high blood pressure-related complications but a postmortem revealed that he was strangled to death.
“As a result of my examination, I formed the opinion that the cause of death was asphyxia due to neck compression,” a post-mortem report by Dr. Dorothy Njeru reads.
Mumbo was living in a rented bedsitter despite having two matrimonial homes in Nairobi’s Ruai estate where his second wife resides. His first wife Gladys Mosoti is said to have left their matrimonial home in 2019 after her husband married a second wife and brought her to live in the same compound.
Mumbo’s cousin David Angwenyi says the deceased had confided in him that he was lacking peace at home due to domestic wrangles and had even sought help to kick out the second wife.
“He had not expressed fears for his life but had hinted to me that he had rented this small house because he wasn’t getting peace back at his house. He was diabetic, had online classes and need a quiet place to work in,” Angwenyi told Nation.
It is alleged that he was seen in the company of two women before he was discovered dead.
His youngest brother Obed Mosoti said the deceased was set to discuss his matrimonial problems during a family gathering but he died the night before.
His family is now calling on police to speed up investigations and bring his killers to book