In Summary
  • The pastor led the officers into the house where they mounted a search as they allegedly harassed the couple’s children.

  • Mrs Kibisu said the officers took away a laptop, four phones, a visitors’ book and the church’s certificate of registration.  

  • Mrs Kibisu said one of the officers claimed that they had information that the church was being used to conduct devilish activities.

  • Police said they arrested the cleric after his mobile phone was implicated in a series of alarming information propagated on social media platforms.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has asked police to get to the bottom of the killings in Matungu, Kakamega County, and bring the murders to an end as police held a preacher over alleged involvement in the crime Sunday.

The cleric was arrested after he was linked to the bizarre murders by a criminal gang in Matungu Constituency that have claimed more than 14 lives.


Matungu OCPD John Matsili confirmed the arrest and clarified that the cleric was apprehended following alarming information he had posted on social media.

“We arrested the bishop on Friday and the CID officers are interrogating him. If found culpable, he will be taken to court for posting alarming information on a WhatsApp group. If he will be found without any mistake, then he will be released,” Mr Matsili said.

Mr Odinga said it was disheartening that the killer gangs were not sparing women and children.

He spoke as Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya called for the local intelligence network to help in the investigations.

Mr Oparanya said: “If you bring foreigners, the locals will not give information hence the need to use locals to get the information.”

Mr Odinga, while speaking at Shibuye Village in Shinyalu Constituency during the burial of Julius Atsango, brother of Shinyalu MP Justus Kizito, said: “We’ve been asking ourselves where the security agencies have gone to as murderers kill innocent people.

“Why should they allow so many people to be killed without putting the situation under control?” he posed.

The ODM leader asked the police to conduct serious investigations and get the assailants to face the full force of the law.


Mr Oparanya said that even though he was not a security expert, there was need for deployment of local intelligence officers to help in the investigations.

“Most policemen were transferred and now there are a few security officers there,” the governor said, adding, Nyumba Kumi should be involved and those giving information protected.”

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