Star Deputy Editor Charles Kerich said.
Local journalists said Wesonga, 27, was with friends at a local pub
in Mombasa Saturday night, leaving around 10 p.m. Wesonga had told
friends he recently received anonymous threats via text message in
connection with a story that described allegations of unlawful shipment
and sale of fertilizer that had exceeded its expiration date,
Authorities have not established a cause of death. Aggrey Adoli, the
head of provincial police, told reporters that a coroner’s report would
be released Wednesday.
“We offer our deep condolences to Bernard Wesonga’s family and
colleagues, and urge the authorities to investigate his death
thoroughly,” CPJ East Africa Consultant Tom Rhodes said.
Wesonga’s immediate supervisor, Chief Correspondent Maureen Mudi,
described the victim as a hard-working reporter who had “a lot of
potential and never disappointed” in his coverage. She said Wesonga had
worked for the paper for a year and had undertaken several investigative
stories, including a piece about illegal importation of cars.
Kenyan reporters regularly face threats and attacks, according to CPJ
research, although homicides are rare. CPJ has documented one case of a
Kenyan journalist killed in retaliation for his work. Francis Nyaruri, a
reporter for the Weekly Citizen, was brutally murdered in
western Kenya in January 2009 while investigating suspected corruption
in a police construction project. The investigation has not yielded