Kenyan pastor who absconded murder trial arrested in Uganda

KITALE: A pastor accused of impregnating a schoolgirl and later killing her in 2011 has been arrested in Uganda where he had gone into hiding. Charles Nyachwara had been charged with murder, but escaped and set up a new church in Mbale town. Police in Uganda worked with their Kenyan counterparts to arrest the pastor on the his wedding day. The schoolgirl was five months pregnant after a year-old relationship with the pastor when she was killed. The student, 17, was a Sunday school teacher at a church the pastor was leading before he escaped. After the student confessed to her parents that the clergyman had impregnated her, the matter was reported to the police who arrested and arraigned the pastor at the Kitale Law Court. He was charged with defilement and was released on bond.

The pastor reportedly intercepted the student as she returned home after attending antenatal clinic at Kitale District Hospital, and killed her. On the fateful day, the two met at Kibomet Africa Inland Church where the girl found the pastor waiting for her. They talked and then as the student left to board a matatu, she was allegedly stabbed several times by the pastor. The pastor then fled into a maize plantation but was arrested by a watchman guarding a homestead. The pastor underwent a psychiatric test and was arraigned in Kitale Law Court where he was charged with murder. Zacharia Ogechi, a kin to the cleric, deposited a title deed for his land worth Sh1 million as surety for the release of the pastor.


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