The loss of life toll from Monday’s bloody confrontation between two factions of the Legio Maria adherents at Obtained Kwer shrine in Migori has reportedly risen to eight.
Pope Lawrence Kalul, a frontrunner of one of many factions condemned brutality meted out on the trustworthy after police intervened to quell the chaos.
He mentioned three extra members had succumbed to their accidents whereas two minors have been nonetheless lacking.
Migori County commissioner Mr Boaz Cherotich declined to touch upon the matter regardless of the Monday night studies that 5 individuals had succumbed to gunshot wounds.
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Police confirmed that 5 individuals had died from the clashes whereas seven others together with a feminine police officer sustained severe accidents from the assault.
The church has for years been rocked by violence over management wrangles.
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On Monday, law enforcement officials fired within the air and lobbed teargas canisters to disperse the rival teams as they fought over the pilgrimage website.
Early on Tuesday, the trustworthy began making their approach out of the shrine utilizing any out there means. Those that couldn’t handle to make use of public transport and bike trekked again after phrase went spherical that there was an impending wave of contemporary assaults.
Migori county police commander Mr Manaseh Musyoka had earlier said two individuals died through the confrontation whereas three others succumbed to gunshot wounds at Obtained Kweru dispensary the place they have been rushed for first help.
“The 5 have been a part of the trustworthy who confronted anti-riot police despatched to quell stress on the Legio Maria headquarters in Migori. They have been taken to Migori County Hospital mortuary whereas the injured have been transferred to Migori County Referral Hospital,” he instructed reporters.
Pressure began when members of Pope Raphael Adika led his followers for a prayer session on the headquarters, sparking violent protest from his opponents.
Adika and his followers obtained a hostile reception by followers of the church’s splinter group that’s now headed by Pope Laurence Kalul.
They stoned his convoy burning down one of many autos and injuring a number of individuals forcing police to intervene.
The lengthy protracted antagonism dates again to 1990 after the loss of life of the church’s founder Melkio Ondetto resulting in the emergence of two splinter teams.
A courtroom case to find out the professional chief of the church is about for later this month.