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Suspect in the murder of Ugandan doctor owns two churches


Slain Ugandan medical practioner Gideon Wamasebu, who was Monday found buried along the banks of River Isiukhu in Malava constituency, has been positively identified. Speaking at Kakamega County General Hospital, Pathologist Dr Dickson Muchana revealed that his close kin identified him through body features and clothing.He said Wamasebu was likely drugged before he was strangled to death.His body was them dragged to the river bank in Machemo village for about three days. When it was found one shoe was missing and the body also had dark spots on the neck and shoulder."We have obtained DNA samples from some close relatives of the late doctor and will match them with those we collected from the body just to ascertain the relations before we give a full report. We presume it will be ready in two days," Muchana said.

The Nairobian learnt that the doctor's daughter, Vivian Muyana and her brother Peter Wanyonyi volunteered to give DNA samples after positively identifying his body.We also gathered that Interpol detectives based in Nairobi are contemplating transferring the case to their Ugandan counterparts in Mbale where two other suspects believed to have extorted and later on murder of the Leeds University trained medic are holed."Wamasebu's lawyer wants this to be treated as a case of kidnap which started in Uganda all the way to Kenya. If they succeed in having it that way, it means we will shelve the murder charges we were contemplating to level to the suspect in Kenya and hand him over to Uganda authorities," he said.The suspect, Kevin Shatome, 27, who runs two African indigenous churches in both Kenya and Uganda was nabbed by police in relation to the murder.Sources said he has two families living across the border. It is from his Uganda church that the retired Heath Officer of Manafwa District, eastern Uganda first met the young man, a renowned deviner in Malava.The detectives from Uganda and Kenya presented Shatome in a Butali court where they were allowed to hold him for 14 days pending investigations. "We have enough reasons to believe he was involved in the murder and secret burial of Wamasebu," the police said.

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