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Makueni priest denies killing colleague

NYANZA
By Daniel Nzia | February 13th 2015

MAKUENI: A catholic priest sentenced to seven years for attempting to kill a colleague six years ago has denied the claims.

Father John Wambua Makewa told a retrial court that he never shot Fidelis Nzuki, who considered him a mentor in priesthood at Makueni Catholic Mission.

The former Makueni Parish father in-charge was sentenced by the Tawa Law Courts magistrate on June 18, 2012.

In his ruling then, Tawa Senior Resident Magistrate Waititu Gachimu acknowledged the motive of the shooting could not be established, but said he had every reason to believe Fr Nzuki's testimony.

When the case came up for hearing before Makueni Senior Resident Magistrate Richard Koech Thursday, Makewa, through his lawyer Fred Namisi, denied shooting Nzuki.

"I never attempted to shoot Fr Nzuki. I was not mad to have thought of shooting him. I did not use the 50 bullets in my possession at the time of the alleged shooting," said Makewa, who is a licensed gun holder.

He explained how on that day, fathers Nzuki, Michael Mutuku, Boniface Kioko, seminarian Boniface Mutua and himself had exchanged pleasantries before they retired to bed following a power blackout shortly after midnight.

He later heard gunshots, rushed to wake up his visitors and noticed Nzuki had been shot.

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