Kilifi-based Standard journalist Joseph Masha is dead in what appears to be an assassination through poising. Others who have departed in similar circumstances includes Senator Mutula Kilonzo, Fidel Castro Odinga, Ivar Makari Kituyi, Senator Moses Kajwang, former Juja MP George Thuo and others .
Masha, 50, died on Saturday morning at his Kiwandani home in Kilifi.
His wife Bahati Mwalimu said Masha collapsed when he was returning from the toilet early Saturday.
On Friday he spent the whole day in a jovial mood and even covered President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit at Kilifi town on Friday evening.
“We were together on Friday morning when we covered the Governor at Kilifi hospital before embarking on the president’s tour,” Kazungu Samuel, a reporter with the Daily Nation, said.
He said they were to return to do another story, but Masha was unable to do so due to a stomach ache.
Family members said Masha had not been unwell and only complained of the stomach ache when he returned from work on Friday.
His body was taken to the Kilifi county hospital mortuary pending postmortem.
Masha is the second born in a family of eight.
He is survived by Bahati and five children, Khadija Musinda, 23; Amina Nyadzua, 17; Musa Tondo, 13; Mishi Mkomani, 10; and Asma Muhache, 2.
He joined the media in the early 1990s where he started working with the Ministry of Information in Lamu and Kilifi before joining the Standard Media Group.
Those familiar with the situation, Speculation on the cause of death is rife and journalists from the Coast region called for thorough investigations into his death due to what appears to be assasination through poisoning.