BY ALY ABICH FOR EDAILY.CO.KE
A 64-year-old man from Kayamo Village in Rachuonyo South, Homa Bay County died after he was allegedly beaten up by the leadership of Legio Maria Church for “sleeping when prayers were being held at his house”.
Charles Omwayi Oduk died Sunday morning (November 19) while receiving treatment at Rachuonyo South Level Four Hospital.
The clergy, comprising men and women from Dol Kodera and Opok churches, allegedly went to the late Oduk’s home on Friday night for a prayer service, which ended tragically after they found out that the old man had gone to bed instead of taking part in the prayer service.
It is only his second wife, who took part in the prayers.
According to area chief, Joel Owenga, one of the members of the clergy was “directed by the Holy Spirit to the bedroom where Mr Oduk was sleeping”.
The “Holy Spirit further directed the member of the clergy to eject Mr Oduk from his bed”.
The members of the clergy thereafter assaulted Mr Oduk.
According to Chief Owenga, Mr Oduk differed sharply with his second wife, Benta Omwayi, after she ditched the Catholic denomination for Legio Maria, where “she rose rapidly through the ranks in just one year”.
Mr Oduk’s son, Philemon Ochieng, said his father used to differ with his step mother for “dedicating all her time to Legio Maria affairs”.
Ochieng said Mr Oduk used to complain that his step mother could attend prayers for several days, forgetting to run her home affairs.
Homa Bay county Police Commander Marius Tum confirmed that six suspects in the murder have been arrested.
The suspects arrested included the deceased’s second wife, Benta Omwayi, and a priest.
Mrs Omwayi was arrested when she took bread and soda to the suspects who had been arrested before her.