A 32-year-old Kenyan Catholic priest who was murdered outside a bar in Meru County in the wee hours of Tuesday morning was reportedly in a love affair with a woman for six years.
Eutychus Murangiri, a priest at Limbine Parish in Tigania West, was stabbed to death outside an entertainment joint in Makutano town.
Before he met his death, Murangiri had allegedly spent several hours drinking at Kinoru Gateway Hotel together with two other people; a man and a woman.
The Standard reports that the two have been in police custody helping with investigations into the priest's killing.
During questioning, the 25-year-old woman told police that she had dated the deceased since 2013 while she was still in college in Embu.
She said they often met in Meru for drinks on Mondays, Murangiri’s official day from work.
On the material day, the woman said the priest picked her up in Meru and they drove to a hotel in Makutano for lunch. They were later joined by Murangiri’s male friend.
The woman is said to have left the priest and his male friend in the bar at around midnight. She went to sleep in a hotel room Murangiri had booked for the night.
“She said she was tired, excused herself and went to the room. The two men were left drinking,” a source told The Standard.
Later, Father Murangiri and his male friend reportedly left the hotel to buy some miraa about 100 meters to the Meru-Maua junction.
The priest was stabbed by thugs as he walked back to his car, which he intended to park closer to the hotel.
The woman, who worked at a guest house in Nkubu town, told police that she was woken up by hotel staff, who told her the priest had been stabbed.
A security guard at the club told detectives that the priest walked from the direction where his car was parked while bleeding before he collapsed near the door.
The woman also told police that she was dating a teacher who works in Kajiado. She also confessed she was five months pregnant with the teacher’s child.
Murangiri, who was ordained as a priest in December last year, will be laid to rest on Monday at the Mujwa Catholic Cemetery, Meru Catholic Diocese spokesman Oreste Murimi said.