Yesterday I was at the Carnivore in Nairobi’s Lang’ata lower middle class joint sipping on the most expensive liquor they could offer replaying the week in my head.
Yeah, I know what you are thinking right now, but before you start judging me hear my story first.
I was introduced to the Carnivore by one Captain Father Kamau who is a military chaplain at 7KR (Seven Battalion the Kenya Rifles); a Kenya Defence Forces infantry unit which is just a throwing stone distance from the fence of the barracks.
I flew from Mombasa on Tuesday to attend the hearing of my case at the High Court of Kenya (I am out on bail). I am a suspect in the murder case of the slain bishop of Isiolo, Rt. Rev Bishop Luigi Locati who was killed in 2005.
This case has dragged on and on and the truth seems to be elusive.
So, Wednesday found me on the dock. The prosecution produced the umpteenth witness but yet they are not close to the truth. There are so many unsolved murders in this country; for instance, the political assassination of Tom Mboya; the murder of Julie Ward, a British tourist, in the Masai Mara game reserve in 1988; Fr. John Anthony Kaiser in 2000, and this one among many others.
I, a priest in the priestly order of Melchizedek, am a suspect. Abomination o!
So, the trial, plus Shiri being away, has weighed heavily on me.
Under normal circumstances I would have called some other chick to keep me company (as I squander the offertory), but guess I am not in mood.
I am not innocent, not yet guilty, but if you look closely you’d find that I am guilty.
I might have been an accomplice to the murder, but without the evidence it’s nada. What they need to do is prove beyond reasonable doubt that I am a wolf trapped in sheep’s body.
I know in the meantime I am guilty till proven innocent, but I am innocent. While I’m in between I am innocent-guilty.
Even though I face this trial with the machismo required of me, you see that this man of cloth is scared shitless like the Americans say.
This and the façade I’m trying to keep are making my life a juggle of make-believe.
Copyright ©Vincent de Paul, 2014. All rights reserved.
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- Diary of a Rogue Priest: Epiphany
- Diary of a Rogue Priest: My Valentine
- Diary of a Rogue Priest: Just ol’ Me
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