21 November 2012

Kenya: Bishop Fails to Appear in Court

An archbishop with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kenya yesterday failed to show up in court to answer to charges of giving false information to a public officer.

Bishop Walter Obare Obare, 64, was expected in court to plead to the charges but told the court through his lawyer that he was ill and on bed rest. Senior Principal Magistrate Teresia Matheka said she will give the bishop the benefit of the doubt and deferred the plea to next week.

Police allege that the clergyman on June 20 at Nyayo House informed a public officer in the Immigration office that Rev. James May Edwards, a missionary from USA, did not have valid permit to allow him engage in any employment at the church. The case will be mentioned on November 27 when the bishop is expected to appear in court.

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