Kenyan priest killed in South Sudan

Thursday November 15 2018

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A Kenyan Roman Catholic cleric has been murdered in South Sudan’s Gok State, official said.

Gok State Information minister John Madol said Father Victor Luka Odhiambo was assaulted and killed by armed men at the Mazzolari Church compound in the state headquarters on Wednesday evening.

He added that the motive for the killing was unclear.

Police custody

The minister further said authorities had arrested one suspect in connection with the incident.

“Yeah; one suspect was arrested this morning at 10 O’clock and he is now under police custody,” Mr Madol said, adding that the suspect has promised to disclose to the authorities the names of those who have hands in the killing of the Kenyan national.


The body of the deceased was transferred on Thursday to the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek, to await repatriation.

Making noise

This is the second death incident involving a Kenyan cleric serving in South Sudan.

Last year, Bishop Joel Mwendwa of the Christ Ministry, was killed in Juba for allegedly making noise.

Bishop Mwendwa was serving in Juba's Munuki suburb.