Nyamira Residents Almost Lynched a Catholic Priest Over Alleged Sexual Escapades

When you thought the wrath of Gusii people was only limited to lynching purported witches and would not extend to Men of Clothe, you have another thing coming.

A Catholic priest attached to Magwagwa Parish in North Mugirango constituency, Nyamira, escaped death by his teeth after a few faithfuls in his congregation tipped him of a plan to send him to his Maker.

Father Walter Maticha thought last Sunday was just like any other- until he had to be sneaked through the back door of his residential house to save him from the looming  attack.

The faithful reportedly wanted to beat him up over alleged sexual abuse before marching him to Bishop Joseph Mairura, who heads Kisii Diocese. Some bayed for his blood and wanted him lynched as a lesson to others.

The faithful, led by the parish committee chairman Nyangare Moturi,  accused the priest of sexually assaulting women and girls in the parish and mismanaging church funds.

Moturi said faithful had complained about the priest’s conduct  several times but the church’s top leadership has failed to address their concerns.

He said they have evidence the priest was sexually abusing their wives and daughters.

Moturi further claimed the priest was harassing heads of institutions under the sponsorship of the church, who did not give in to his money demands.

Police from Ekerenyo Divisional Headquarters intervened to prevent the angry faithful from causing any damage to the church property and the priest’s residence.

The Priest from his hideout has however rubbished the attackers as  “un-serious Christians”. He added that he has served in the parish for more than 10 years and his record is well known, adding that those undermining his leadership are not 

Fr Jeremiah Nyakundi, the vicar general in charge of Kisii Diocese, said the matter was under investigation.

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