Wednesday, 12 November 2008

KENYA: Thugs Posing as Police Grab Money for Parish Car

KITALE, October 7, 2008 (CISA) -Thugs masquerading as policemen broke into the father’s house in a Catholic parish in north-western Kenya made away with KSh 100,000 that had been raised to buy a parish car.Bishop of Kitale Diocese, Maurice Crowley, six men in police gear entered Kiminini Catholic Parish early on Sunday night and broke into the house of Fr Francis Opondo. They ordered everyone to lie down. “One man who tired to resist was clobbered on the head,” the bishop said.The thugs harassed the priest and others in the house demanding the money that had been collected at a fundraiser earlier in the day.The bishop said the local chief and the police are carrying out investigations. But no one has been arrested in connection with the incident. “It is the third time the mission has been broken into in the recent years,” Bishop Crowley said.Kiminini Parish, dedicated to St Peter Claver, was founded in 1945. It has a population of 40,000 and 17, 000 of whom are Catholic, according to figures published in 2006.

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