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Homicide: Autopsy Report Says Tanzania Activist, Maurice Mjomba Was Murdered

The autopsy report sent to Identity Kenya now confirms that Tanzania's LGBT activist Maurice Mjomba was murdered.

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13th August 2012 17:59

Alessia Valenza

The report states that the cause of death was “Asphyxia due to homicide”. Asphyxia is a condition of severely deficient supply of oxygen to the body that arises from being unable to breathe normally.

There are many circumstances that can induce asphyxia, all of which are characterized by an inability of an individual to acquire sufficient oxygen through breathing for an extended period of time.

Initial reports from eye witnesses say that Mjomba appeared ‘strangled’ and this is assumed to have been the how he was killed.

Mjomba was found dead when neighbors noticed a foul smell coming from his house. His decomposing body was found with the arms tied behind his back and he seemed to have suffered mutliple bruises and injuries.

Blood was oozing from his genitals, according to eye witnesses.

He was buried on last week with close family members, relatives and work colleagies in attendance.

Though police investigations are still ongoing, no suspect has been arrested or the motive of the murder known.

Reports from Tanzania say that with this murder, other activists and LGBT persons have been cautioned to stay safe.

Mjomba was a trained HIV/AIDS coordinator in Tanzania, and he worked as a human rights advocate at the Center for Human Rights Promotion (CHRP). His work focused on combatting discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS and in providing outreach to intravenous drug users.

He also worked with regional organizations to provide sexual health awareness for LGBT populations.