The late Abu Bakari and his wife Astrid
Swiss-Based Family Seeks Answers AfterMysterious Death of Their Father in Kenya
A family living in Switzerland is seeking answers following the mysterious death of their kin in Kenya.
The family from the Swiss city of Winterthur received the shocking news of Mr. Abu Bakari’s death early last month but the cause of his death remains a mystery.
Bakari died in Watamu, Kilifi county barely nine months after he returned to Kenya following his retirement in Switzerland.
The deceased’s widow, Astrid Bakari said the family received different versions of the cause of her husband’s death, which raises more questions than answers.
He is said to have drowned under unclear circumstances but the family suspects foul play since Bakari was fit and healthy before the incident and had even spoken to his family.
“One version claimed that he was carried away by the tide, another claimed he was trying to rescue a friend who was drowning, while yet another claims that he broke a toe at the beach,” Mrs. Bakari told ZüriNews.
The family suspects his death is linked to the Sh19.5 million (165,000 Swiss Francs) pension payout he received and which he gave a relative the full power of attorney.
Bakari was born in Watamu and lived in Winterthur for over 35 years before his retirement and return to Kenya in January. He worked for the Parks, Gardens and Open Spaces Department of the city of Winterthur (Stadtgärtnerei).
His three daughters have vowed to get to the bottom of his mysterious death.