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Many points of interests have been laid that could possibly help to unravel the mysterious murder of a Catholic Priest mid last week.

Possibilities of a love triangle, power fight, lucrative tenders, local politics, unseen enemies and disturbing dreams could all be attached to the probable murder of Fr. Evans Juma Oduor, a Catholic priest tasked to take charge of the Nyabondo Catholic Parish in Kisumu County.

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Fr. Evans Oduor Juma

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The car he was travelling in was also torched distance away from where his body was found having been hit with blunt objects, approximately 5 Km away. It’s now emerging that the vehicle that was torched belonged to Sr. Caroline Sika, his friend residing at the Chiga Convent which was given to her as a gift from another priest.

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Sr. Sika is in charge of St. Francis Nyamonge, where she is the head teacher and has been close to the murdered priest since his arrival at the Nyabondo Parish in 2017. Sr. Sika decided to let Fr. Evans use her vehicle because Catholic rules do not allow sisters to own personal property.

A source that declined to be mentioned revealed that the continuous use of this vehicle by Fr. Evans could obviously not be bearable by the one who gifted it to Sr. Sika.

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Sr. Caroline Sika

Sr. Sika allowed Fr Oduor to use this vehicle after his own was repossessed for failing to pay up the loan facility it was purchased under. A source explained that he started using the sister’s vehicle after that period.

Many have eulogized the priest as a jovial man who despite his differed opinions, was straight forward and made straight his thoughts.

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His death has left religious followers of the Catholic Church, friends and relatives a baffled lot arguing that had they been ordinary robbers, they could have made away with the car and valuables but not killing him and going ahead to burn the vehicle.

The shell recovered from the burnt vehicle
The shell recovered from the burnt vehicle

However not attached to politics in his priesthood, Fr Oduor is alleged to have made a few enemies when he was promoted to head Nyabondo Parish in July 2017 and began implementing strict administrative changes.

His straight forward administrative measures led to the interdiction of Ahero Girls’ principal, Sr. Sarah Adipo whom he claimed to be misappropriating school funds.

The girls rejected this move, went on rampage and the school was closed, fueling his differences with a number of the school’s stake holders including those who’s got lucrative tenders ‘illegally’.

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A Board Member of the school has said that their disagreements and the transfer of Sr Adipo could not be cited as a motive to kill the priest.

Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth in charge of the Kisumu Catholic Archdiocese is among the top church leadership who have viewed the body of Fr Oduor at the morgue.

Fr Oduor and Archbishop Okoth were said to be close and that Fr Oduor  had reportedly disclosed to His Grace the Archbishop that his life was in danger and his fellow member of the clergy in Kisumu were well aware of the delicate issues that bothered him.

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Sr. Sika has already recorded a statement to help in the investigations to help unravel the mysterious murder of Fr. Oduor, Nyanza Regional DCI Officer Geofrey Kathurima has confirmed.

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From the observation of the body, it looks like the man was attacked by a gang whose primary motive was to kill him.

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