Four individuals were shot dead and scores harmed yesterday as admirers drew in police in running fights during the yearly journey of Legio Maria Church of Africa in Migori County.
A vehicle was burnt and a few police vehicles pelted with stones as two gatherings of dependable occupied with an exceptional battle about the control of Got Kwer altar, which has been in debate for quite a long time.
Those harmed, including a cop, were admitted to Migori County Referral Hospital.
Inconvenience began when a group drove by Raphael Adika, who professes to be the pope of the congregation, endeavored to get to the slope, which goes about as the congregation’s base camp.
A splinter bunch that underpins Raphael Ochieng as the pope immediately rebuffed them with a hail of stones as other devoted who had went with Adika fled for their wellbeing.
Cops terminated noticeable all around a few times and heaved teargas canisters to scatter the gatherings futile as they kept on flinging stones at one another.
In the midst of serenades of “Ave Maria”, the uncontrollable dedicated connected with the police for a few hours as the two gatherings battled about admittance to love at the holy place.
The gathering of admirers assaulted a cop who was important for the gathering that had gone with Adika.
The other gathering, driven by Ochieng, which has been holding petitions on the slope throughout the previous not many days since the journey started, asserted that Adika and his devotees were attacking their domain.
They said they didn’t remember him as their pope and he was a fraud who had come to meddle with the remaining parts of the congregation originator, Papa Mesia Simeo Ondeto Cardinal Francis Limo, who was among the congregation heads who were driving petitions at the journey, said the intrusion was inadmissible.
“We were doing our yearly journey and it has been quiet. Tragically, a gathering we isolated with quite a long while prior attacked our petitions,” he said.
Since the demise of Ondeto 27 years prior, the congregation has not known harmony, with the commemoration of his passing set apart with pockets of viciousness consistently.
The devotees trust Ondeto will be back and hold the slope, where he was covered, as a sacred extraordinary spot.
The 100-section of land slope was named Got Kwer to mean the slope of reviling the abhorrent spirits.
Both Adika and Ochieng guarantee to be the pope of the congregation and have been battling to control the “blessed” slope.
Endeavors to reach Adika for remarks were vain as his telephone went unanswered.