Holy Got Kwer Shrine in Migori County has been closed by police authorities following the fracas that ensued yesterday during the memorial of Legio Maria founder Pope Melkio Ondeto.
According to reports on social media, two factions of Pope Adika and Pope Kalul were fighting to take control of the Shrine thus leading to the deaths of 5 people and several others injured.
The incident is said to have escalated after Pope Adika arrived at the holy hill with his followers from Amoyo, referred to as Jerusalem. The thus received a hostile reception from the followers of Pope Kalul thus leading to their clash.
Pope Adika’s van was thus burned down and his convoy stoned forcing police officers to intervene.
Adika will forever remain a Shame to the Legio Maria Community pic.twitter.com/nQXdLJxuVY
— SINGLE CHROMOSOME (@Crazy_kisiipean) September 15, 2020
5 killed, several injured as Legio Maria followers fight in Migori. Two factions fight over control of the controversial Got Kweru shrine
Supporters of Pope Adika clashed with supporters of Pope Kalul
— Kevo Kiptindinyo (@KevoMkale_) September 14, 2020
The wrangles in Legio Maria have been attributed to leadership that has been going on for over 10 years thus leading to a division among the followers.
Following the death of Pope Romanus Ong’ombe, there has existed a fight on who is the legitimate successor between Popes Adika and Kalul.
In an interview with Citizen, Pope Kalul condemned police actions for using excessive force to restore calm adding that they were innocent victims.