Mungiki’ executes pastor
Published on June 6, 2008, 12:00 am
By Vincent Bartoo
A pastor was found dead with his throat slit and face half-skinned in an estate in Eldoret town.
The killing is suspected to be a Mungiki execution.
The pastor, who also doubled as a taxi operator, was found in an open field hardly 500m from an Administration Police post near his home on Thursday, morning.
The chilling murder sparked demonstrations by Huruma Estate residents, who stormed the AP post complaining that the officers allegedly refused to respond to the man’s distress calls.
Members of King’s Church, where the deceased was a pastor, said neighbours heard him screaming for help at around 8pm on Wednesday night.
The angry demonstrators threatened to storm the AP post and flush out the officers whom they accused of harassing young women at night instead of maintaining security.
They were, however, kept off by their armed counterparts, who sealed off the area and locked the gate.
The pastor’s brother found the body in a pool of blood as he headed to Eldoret town to inquire about his whereabouts.
Last week, the body of a man whose face had been skinned was also found in Bondeni Estate, raising fears of serial killings.
Huruma residents demanded the overhaul of top security officers in Eldoret, accusing the police of laxity in dealing with rising crime.
“There are no patrols and thugs have the courage to strike as early as 8pm,” said Ms Pamela Pahunga, a councillor.
Recently, there have been calls for leaders to dialogue with the sect.
However, Internal Security minister, Prof George Saitoti has ruled out talks with the sect, insisting that it is an illegal outfit. Their leader Maina Njenga is still in jail.