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Experts’ word after 8-hour postmortem examination

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Updated Wednesday, May 1st 2013 at 00:00 GMT +3
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The long wait raised questions on whether the pathologists may have gone into a meeting to review their individual findings at the examination table, where they opened up the body to study the state of the vital organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys and even brain.

In Mutula’s case they took specimens for further laboratory tests and this could include samples from his digestive system.

Medical examination

Postmortem examination usually includes physical examination for any wounds or injuries not obvious to the eye, and where the wounds are visible, an analysis is done to ascertain what might have caused them.

Leading the autopsy team was Dr Oduor, and his colleague Dr Dorothy Njeru. Both Dr Oduor and Dr Njeru examined the bodies of victims of the June 10, 2012, helicopter crash, including that of former Internal security minister Prof George Saitoti and his deputy the late Joshua Orwa Ojode.

Other doctors who took part included Dr Frederick Okinyi from Machakos Level Five Hospital, under whose medical administrative area Mutula died.

There were also Dr Andrew Gachie, who alongside Oduor and Calder, briefed journalists.

The country keenly followed news of the postmortem examination because of the various theories flying around on what could have killed Mutula, a former Justice and Education minister, as well as a senior member of the legal fraternity.

Sources close to family members told The Standard Mutula had expressed fears for his life during the week leading up to his death, including the day he died. This was after having retired to bed at about 7.30pm the previous night after enjoying his favourite meal.

He was later to be found lying dead in bed by one of his workers with foam on his mouth when he failed to wake up as usual after 9am. There were also traces of blood on his vomit, a friend of the family who was at the scene revealed to The Standard journalists.

Yesterday, a group of lawyers led by Roger Sagana, lead police investigator Pius Macharia and some members of the Mutula’s family were also at the Lee Funeral Home to witness the exercise.

Dr Calder arrived at Lee Funeral Home at 12.17 pm and was briefed by the lead pathologist Dr Oduor.

Officials said Dr Calder — an independent witness at first autopsies in UK and abroad, and a conductor of second autopsies on instruction — arrived in Kenya aboard Kenya Airways at 6.20am yesterday.

The fears

Muthama said Dr Calder’s licence to practise was scrutinised by Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board before he was allowed to operate in the country by the Director of Medical Services, Dr Francis Kimani.

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