British womán who died at residence of spiritual leader in Mombasa was forced to ingest sedatives – family

By , K24 Digital
On Wed, 22 Mar, 2023 10:55 | 2 mins read
Lutfunisa Khandwalla, 44, died on August 2, 2020. PHOTO/Courtesy

A British woman who died under mysterious circumstances at the residence of a spiritual leader in Mombasa two years ago had ingested drugs used to treat tuberculosis, a medical report has revealed.

Lutfunisa Kwandwalla's family claims the 44-year-old woman was forced to take the drugs while being recruited into a cult in the coastal county in September 2020.

According to the latest tests conducted on samples from the deceased's liver and brain tissues following an exhumation order Kwandwalla had ingested Ethambutol drugs moments before her death. The samples were analysed at Bio Analytics Laboratory in the United Kingdom.

"The samples among them brain and liver tissues arrived and l examined them visually many were desiccated and fibrous, paper or parchment-like. The tissues were processed for analysis and Ethambutol drugs were found," part of the medical report reads.

The report further indicates that Diazepam, a drug used mostly in theatre to cause sedation, was detected in both samples.

"Diazepam metabolite namely, nordiazepam was detected in both samples this implies acute use of the drug before her death," the report adds.

At the time of Kwandwalla's death, she had visited her husband's family where she was allegedly recruited into the cult.

A death certificate issued on September 17, 2020, by Memon Medical Centre and signed by Dr Nabil Varwani indicates that the woman died as a result of a cardiopulmonary arrest.

However, his family through his brother Imran Admani have maintained that their late sister was murdered and died at home.

Admani stated that the detection of traces of tuberculosis drugs was shocking since their sister was not suffering from T.B.

The family said the death was never reported to the police as their kin was hurriedly buried a day after her death without the involvement of her family to allegedly conceal evidence of her murder.

With the new development, the family says, those behind Kwandwalla's death should be brought to book.

"No one has been arrested following her death, however, with the new development we hope we will get justice," he stated.

The deceased lived in Leicester and had travelled to Kenya as a tourist in August 2019 to visit members of her husband's family.

She was, however, stuck in the country following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Exhumation of British woman Kwandwalla

A Mombasa court had ordered the exhumation of her remains to enable her family establish the cause of her death.

Following the exhumation, the family sent some of her body parts to the United Kingdom, to ascertain her cause of death.

No one has been arrested in connection to Kwandwalla's death since police insist that she died of natural causes.

Related Topics