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Tension as residents protest over murder of minor

09 June 2014, 08:13 Ken Laban

Kakamega - Tension gripped Kakamega town Sunday as residents engaged police in running battles in protest of the brutal murder of a child whose body parts were decapitated and stashed in different parts near a Winner’s Chapel church at Jua Kali estate.

Normal church services were disrupted as police had a difficult time dispersing angry mobs who wanted to burn the church.

The angry dwellers tried to force their entry into the church claiming the incident, is connected to cultism activities and human sacrifice practiced at the religious center.

They said such incidents have been happening in the town and that was a third one.

They vowed to burn down the church due to increasing cases of murder of children since the church was established in the area.

 “Since they started operating in this town, this year alone we have lost three school going young girls who have been found murdered and dumped near this area but this case is horrifying because this girl was murdered and her body parts chopped. We have to end this before it goes out of hand,” said an eye witness.

Police were forced to use tear gas and live bullets to disperse the residents who set part of the church on fire and damaged valuable property.

Deborah Achieng’, a class seven pupil at Nabongo Primary School did not return home when her mother sent her to a shop on Saturday morning.

Her headless body was found dumped in a napier grass farm, her head was discarded near a church compound and her other body parts dispersed in various areas in the estate Sunday morning.

“We reported the incident to Kakamega police on the same day my daughter got lost but police officers did not take immediate action . They told me to wait for 24 hours and if she fails to come back, they would launch investigations,” said Omondi.

He explained that he was woken up by a call from a friend who told him that they had seen a head of a girl near Winners Chapel church and when he visited the scene he found that it was her lost child.

“A friend called me early in the morning saying that they have found a head of a girl and when I went there I found it was my child’s head. Her other body parts were found in different places within the same area,” he said.

Benson Amboko, the chairman of the church's council distanced the church from the allegations and said the church respects the sanctity of life and they worship a true God.

He said despite the body of the child being found near the church, they were not involved in the death of the girl.

“We had come for a normal church service when we were interrupted by a charged crowd where our church windows were shattered, seats looted and our bishop’s vehicle destroyed. We are a church that worships the true God and we believe we are being maligned for no apparent reason,” he explained.

Confirming the incident, Kakamega OCPD Richard Ngetich said police are still investigating to establish the truth behind the death of the child.

“We were informed that a body of young girl has been found near a local church and there was tension. We went to the scene to calm the situation and we have launched investigations to establish what led to the death of the child,” he said.

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