Influential Catholic Priest and Govt. Critic Murdered and Car Burnt

Influential Catholic Priest and Govt. Critic Murdered and Car Burnt

Kenya: Nyabondo Catholic Church priest Father Evans Juma Oduor, who was at the forefront in condemning police killing of innocent demonstrators in Nyanza has been found death.

According to The Standard, Fr Oduor was found unconscious by good Samaritans near a sugarcane plantation at Chiga Market Centre in Muhoroni Sub-county, about 30 kilometres from his Nyabondo residence. His burnt car was found some five kilometres away.

Police took him to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital where he died hours later.

“Our officers found the man unconscious and he could not speak. He could not be identified so he was booked at the hospital as an unknown patient. He had injuries on the face and hands, and we are still following up on leads that could help us investigate the issue,” the paper quotes County Police Commander John Kamau as saying.

“The patient got to our facility at 11 pm, and we did a CT Scan and other tests, and we discovered that he had massive injuries to the head. He died at about 1 am,” said Dr Juliana Otieno, the Superintendent at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital. Members of the Catholic Church visited the hospital mortuary on Monday wondering the motive behind the murder.

A sister at Chiga Convent told The Standardthe priest had dropped her at the convent from town at around 8.30 pm prior to his death.

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