Anglican Catholic Church

ACC Church Teacher Murdered in Kenya

Bishop Brian Iverach reports ...

A Sunday school teacher at the Anglican Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd, Korogocho, Nairobi, Kenya was among those killed in a clash between villagers and members of the outlawed Mungiki gang in central Kenya on April 21.

One of the mutilated bodies was positively identified as that of John "Bernard" Muthii, said the Rev. John Ndegwa, rector of Good Shepherd who is also the young man's uncle.

"He is the son to my sister, who comes from the Central Province," Father Ndegwa said in an email to the Rt. Rev. Brian Iverach, Bishop of Australia & New Zealand and Metropolitan's Commissary for ACC work in East Africa. Mr. Muthii was planning to open a bakery in his native village of Gathaithi, where the violence took place.

At least 29 persons were killed in the clash, which left the streets of the village stained with blood, according to an Associated Press report. The majority of the dead were gang members, a police spokesman said.

The Mungiki emerged in the 1990s and has been linked to extortion, murder and political violence.

The funeral service took place at Karatina on Thursday 30th April 2009 with Father John Ndegwa officiating as an assisting priest. Burial on Thursday, at Gathera village, Kirinyaga District,

The Funeral

Those murdered