Kenyan police investigate the death of BBC employee in Nairobi

Kate Mitchell was found dead in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Friday (file image)

After a BBC staff member was found dead in the capital Nairobi, the Kenyan police have launched an investigation.

Kate Mitchell is a British national who has worked for BBC Media Action in several African countries and died on Friday.

BBC Media Action is the company’s international charity, and its projects focus on using media and communication to solve inequality issues around the world.

It is believed that Ms. Mitchell’s death in a hotel in the city has nothing to do with her work for the organization.

Although the exact circumstances of her death are not yet known, the police told local media that they are investigating the murder and exploring possible motives.

Augustine Nthumbi, the Nairobi Regional Police Commander, told reporters: “The suspect… after feeling that the hotel security might be chasing him, jumped out of the window on the eighth floor of the hotel.”

Ms. Mitchell recently worked in the BBC Media Action office in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

“We are all shocked and terrified by this terrible news,” Caroline Nasi, chief executive of BBC Media Action, said in a statement.

“Kate is a well-loved employee who has served as a senior project manager and worked here for 14 years. She is well-known throughout our organization, especially in our teams in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Zambia and London .

“We express our deepest condolences to her family and many of her friends around the world,” she added.

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