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Priest defends himself over plot to kill Bishop

12 March 2014, 08:15

Nairobi - A priest accused of being the mastermind in the plot to kill Italian priest Bishop Luigi Locati yesterday denied playing any role in the murder.

While defending himself in the murder trial of the late Isiolo priest, Father Guyo Waqo Malley said that he had a cordial relationship with the deceased and that a statement recorded by the police on his arrest was based on forceful confession.

Father Guyo who claimed to have presented himself to the Isiolo CID officers five days after Locati was killed, boldly told Justice Fred Ochieng that he repeatedly told the police that he had nothing to do with the killing.

The bespectacled Borana Catholic priest also claimed that he was tortured by the police who forced him to rehearse a recorded video statement earlier played in court.

“Nothing I told the police was voluntary, I only told them I didn’t know who killed the Bishop,” said Fr. Guyo.

The long bearded priest also denied possibility of an existing unfriendly relationship based on letters he exchanged with the late Bishop.

He alleged that he had a problem with the Isiolo African priests not the Bishop and that he had an independent source of funding for community development projects.

However in a letter dated October 30 2002 read in court, he wrote to the Bishop that: ‘divided we are, divided we shall be, you are the cause of our division with the idea to isolate, you are absolutely mistaken. I command respect and love from all the tribes while you are feared or simply tolerated. Your castigations and perpetual dictatorship will never calm me down’.

He also denied testimonies of two witnesses who claimed that he had paid them KES 10,000 to kill the Bishop saying that that money was school fees aid.

He further denied purchasing a gun from Merti, hiding it in a charcoal sack but insisted that the alleged charcoal sack was a present to his mother with a he goat on the day he went to Merti passing through four roadblock security checks.

According to investigation officer Mohammed Amin, Fr.Guyo had said during interrogation that he was arrested at one of his ‘lover's’ house, the charcoal sack was never recovered and he was not aware of if any bullet was recovered from the Bishop’s body.

Father Guyo, Mohammed Molu Bagajo, Aden Ibrahim Mohamed, Mahati Ali Halake, Diqa Wario and Roba Balla Bariche have been charged over the death of Locati.

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