Dr Mwachonda said their colleague had been very frustrated.

“He had a wife and a sick child, so there was that frustration. The cost of living in Cuba is high compared to Kenya yet the allowance they were supposed to receive was slashed from Sh144,000 to Sh36,000 monthly. They were also denied flight tickets back home, made to live in dormitories and take a two-hour drive to their training centre. Food was also an issue,” Dr Mwachonda said.

He added the doctors faced  unclear consequences if they opted out of the training programme.

“He said they were to face disciplinary action and have  monies that had already been paid for the programme deducted,” said Dr Mwachonda.

Kenya Medical Association (KMA) national secretary-general, Dr Simon King'ondu, said he had worked with Dr Juma and he was always in a jovial mood.

“We should probe this matter because there are issues in Cuba. We should rescue our colleagues before it is too late,” Dr King’ondu said at the Coast Provincial General mortuary while awaiting the results of a second autopsy.

RETURN HOME

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho said the remaining 49 doctors should be allowed to return home if they were uncomfortable.

The body of Dr Juma arrived at the Moi International Airport Friday and was taken to the Coast Provincial General Hospital for the second post-mortem examination.

The governor defended the move by the family to conduct the autopsy, saying it would ascertain what led to his death.

Dr Juma, who was in his mid-30s, was married to Dr Zeyana Rasul. She was expecting to receive her husband only to get the sad news of his death.

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