Church Caretaker Vanishes With Huge Chunk of Funds In Nairobi

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Detectives based at Kangemi police station in Nairobi's Dagoreti Sub-County have launched a manhunt for a suspect who broke into a church and made away with more than Ksh1.5 million ($12406).

In a bizarre incident that has left the clergy and congregants of Kangemi's ACK All Saints Mountain View Church in utter dismay, the money they raised on Sunday for the development of the church disappeared from a drawer at the church's altar.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), when the church elder John Wainanina and treasurer, Elizabeth Njoki, went to the church to collect the money on Monday morning, they found the doors ajar, which was unusual.

"A closer look at the Lord's table where bread and wine are consecrated, they were shocked to find it ransacked and the money that had been kept in a drawer beneath the altar missing," said DCI.

They immediately reported the matter at the Kangemi police station. Upon preliminary investigations, it was established that the caretaker of the church George Mburu who has since gone missing, was responsible for the loss.

He is suspected of having tampered with the church's electric power to disable the installed CCTV system before making away with the congregants' contributions.

Shocked members of the flock who reside close to the church milled around conversing in low tones as they tried to come to terms with the disappearance of the money meant for the development of the community church.

They wondered aloud how the trusted custodian of the parish would resort to such unbecoming conduct.

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