Pastor strips n.a.k.e.d, attempts suicide after being caught with stolen cows

Police in Lurambi, Kakamega County, Kenya have arrested a 35-year-old preacher accused of stealing his neighbour’s two cows.

Joash Wanyonyi, a resident of Sichirayi Village in Shieywe Location, was on Friday, October 16, caught with the stolen cows inside a forest near his home.

Sichirayi residents, led by Village Elder Samwel Luvembe, said Wanyonyi stripped naked and tied a rope to a tree, while saying he wanted to commit suicide because he had broken one of the Ten Biblical Commandments, which frowns upon stealing.

Wanyonyi said he stole the cows so that he could take them as dowry to his wife’s home.

The owners of the domestic animals, Thomas Namayi Ambunya and Laban Andugu Mbayaji, said they woke up Friday and found their cows missing.

The two embarked on searching for the stolen animals in the nearby Bushiri Market.

“Later Friday morning, a neighbour called and informed me that the animals had been found tied in Sichirayi Forest, and that a local preacher had confessed to making away with the animals,” said Namayi.

Shieywe Location Chief Philip Chunge confirmed the incident, saying Wanyonyi wasbusted by neighbours.

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