Got Kwer clash between rival Legio Maria factions leaves 8 dead

A vehicle was set ablaze during the fracas in Migori on September 15, 2020.

Photo credit: Ian Byron | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Tensions started when members of a splinter faction led by Pope Raphael Adika held a prayer session at the shrine, sparking violent protest from his opponents.
  • Chanting “Legio opogore” (Legio Maria church is divided), the faction led by Pope Lawrence Kalul made their way from Jerusalem Amoyo to Got Kwer.
  • Unknown to Mr Adika and his entourage comprising armed police officers, Pope Kalul’s group was armed and lying in wait.

The death toll from Monday’s bloody confrontation between police and Legio Maria adherents at Got Kwer shrine in Migori has reached eight, according to church officials.


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