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Kenyan Adventist Pastor Lynched, Burned in Senseless Attack

Evans Orina Osugo, 60, had served area for decades

BY ADVENTIST REVIEW staff

A January 10, 2014, burial is scheduled for Seventh-day Adventist pastor Evans Orina Osugo, who was killed December 29, 2013, after being attacked on the Kenlands housing estate near Nakuru Township, Kenya.

Osugo, 60, had most recently been a pastor in the Central Rift Conference in Kenya, most recently in the Kaptembwo district. He began his service to the church in 1989 as a literature evangelist. At the same time, Osugo attended Kamagambo ministerial college and began serving as a district pastor upon completion of his studies in 1991. He was married to Jane N. Osugo and has four children, all of whom survive.

According to Catherine Ontiti, communication director for the East Kenya Union, Osugo had gone to a local “supermarket to buy some items and on his way out met with some people who operate transport people with motor bikes- here commonly known as boda boda. They started harassing him with some taking his groceries while others searched his pockets.”

Osugo “happened to know one of them as one whom he usually hires too transport him and he asked him why he was part of the gang that was harassing him, Ontiti said. However, that “man started shouting that [the] pastor was a thief and had stolen a motorcycle. When [Osugo] sensed the danger, he decided to jump over a fence to the neighboring home; by that time the group dragged him to the road and lynched him.”

Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper quoted a local Adventist church official on the tragedy: “It is very sad to learn that Pastor Osugo tried to plead for mercy as he confessed innocence... but his attackers went ahead to beat him to death,” Central Rift Conference president Reuben Korir said on January 5, 2014, during a prayer service at the attack site.

The newspaper reported the attackers denied Osugo’s request to say a final prayer.

Eight arrests have reportedly been made, although media reports say the investigation continues.


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