KISUMU OCTOBER 24, 2017(CISA) – Fr Evans Juma Oduor, a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kisumu died October 23 following an attack in Chiga Muhoroni Sub-county.
The priest was found unconscious near a sugar plantation at Chiga Market Centre by good Samaritans while his burnt car was found some five kilometers away, the Standard Newspaper reported.
According to Kisumu Police County Commander, John Kamau, police were unable to identify the body and booked him at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital as unknown.
“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,” Kamau told the Standard Newspaper.
Dr Juliana Otieno the Superintendent at the Hospital said that Fr Oduor had massive head injuries that may have led to his death.
“The patient got to our facility at 11pm, and we did a CT scan and other tests, and we discovered that he massive head injuries. He died at about 1am,” said Dr Otieno.
Until his death Fr Oduor was the Parish Priest of Nyabondo in the Catholic Archdiocese of Kisumu.
A sister at Chiga Convent told The Standard Newspaper that the priest had dropped her at the convent from town at around 8.30 pm prior to his death.
“I had some errands in town during the day, so after that the priest drove me to Chiga and he was to get back to Nyabondo where he stays,” said the sister who declined to be named.
She said an hour later, she tried to call the priest to inquire if he got home safe, but his phone went unanswered, prompting panic.
It was not until morning when information went round that the car used by the priest had been discovered burnt in an open field a few kilometers away.
The Archdiocese of Kisumu is yet to give official communication on the death of the priest.
Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) – A Kenyan priest was killed: Fr. Evans Juma Oduor, who was found unconscious on Sunday evening, October 22 near a sugar cane plant near Chiga Market Center in Muhoroni, 30 km from the Convent of Nyabondo. The burned carcass of his car was five kilometers away from where the priest was found.
Brought to the hospital, Fr. Evans, who had head injuries, died a few hours later without regaining conscious. Fr. Evans was parish priest at the church of Sigomore, part of the Archdiocese of Kisumu, in the West of Kenya.
According to the local press, two weeks ago, Fr. Evans had launched a public appeal to the government to stop killing the Luo, Raila Odinga’s ethnic group, the leading opponent of outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August 8th presidential election, then nullified by the Supreme Court, on the appeal of Odinga himself .
Tension in Kenya is very high on the eve of the repetition of the presidential vote to be held on 26 October and boycotted by Odinga (see Fides 11/10/2017) as a protest for failing to accept his request for a review of the composition of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEBC), at the center of a political controversy. On the other hand, the Supreme Court had justified the decision to annul the vote of 8 August because the Electoral Commission “ignored or refused to conduct the presidential elections in a coherent manner with the dictates of the Constitution” (see Fides 1/9/2017).
Over the last few days, over 40 people have lost their lives during the clashes with the police. Political controversy has also taken on an ethnic dimension that recall the serious incidents that broke out about 10 years ago after the controversial December 2007 presidential election that had caused thousands of deaths and millions of internally displaced persons. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 24/10/2017)
Source: Agenzia Fides