In Summary
  • Dr Njue said he did not carry the heart and a kidney for use in teaching his students at Kings College.
  • He defended the presence of the students from Kings College at the operation table.
  • The family claims that the missing organs were meant to conceal the correct cause of death.

Former chief government pathologist Moses Njue has denied stealing a dead man’s heart.

He spoke on Thursday in an inquest into the death of a former assistant chief.

In a stormy session where tempers flared, Dr Njue said the three other pathologists who said he had carried the heart of Mzee Benedict Karau after a post-mortem were lying.

During cross-examination by Prof Kiama Wangai, a lawyer-cum forensic pathologist, Dr Njue said he did not carry the heart and a kidney for use in teaching his students at Kings College.

LEFT WITH ORGANS

Dr Scholastica Kimani, a pathologist attached to the Meru Level Five Hospital had earlier testified that Dr Njue wrapped the organs and left with them, soon after carrying out a post-mortem exam on the body of Mzee Karau.

Dr Kimani said she was at first concerned that Dr Njue was carrying the organs without the family’s consent but thought he would inform them later.

But on Thursday, Dr Njue distanced himself from the missing heart, saying the incisions were made by Dr Kimani.

Dr Njue has since been charged with the theft of the organs and destruction of evidence.

CAUSE OF DEATH

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