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Family of Kenyan man accused of killing BBC journalist speaks out, cites frustrations from police

The family of a Kenyan man accused of killing BBC Projects Manager Kate Mitchell has spoken out accusing the police of frustrating their efforts to establish the cause if their son’s death.

Speaking with a local publication, the victim, Tamati Mauti’s dad, Dan Mauti said the family is yet to receive information on what led to his son’s death.

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“I’m in total darkness regarding what happened to my son. The police keep telling us they are investigating the matter and have not briefed us anything

“We are very surprised by all these details about my son, about the British national, and are frustrated by the police’s denial to keep us informed,” Mauti said.

Mauti noted that his son was a good man, adding that the family is still shocked with reports linking him with the murder of the BBC journalist.

“We are traumatised, our family has been tarnished. We cannot eat. We are receiving numerous calls from everywhere, from friends who want to know what exactly happened. We want the police to update us, why would we be informed by the press regarding our son?” He posed.

The family is planning to bury the deceased on December 1, 2021 at their home in Ongata Rongai.

On the other hand, Mitchell’s family issued a statement noting that they are working with relevant authorities to understand what led to the journalist’s death.

“We are working with FCDO and with Kate’s colleagues at BBC Media Action to understand what happened

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“The circumstances surrounding her death are still being investigated, and we would ask you to ignore speculation in parts of the press and on social media,” the statement issued by Kate’s brother Peter Mitchell read in part.

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