Kenyans have reacted with shock and dismay after the fatal shooting of an American priest, who worked for human rights and often criticised the government.
    Fr John Kaiser, 67, of the Society of St. Joseph, also known as the Mill Hill Fathers, was found dead on a roadside with a shotgun wound to the head near Naivasha, 50km northwest of Nairobi.
    The slaying of Kaiser was on the front pages of all of Kenya's daily papers and reverberated through the human rights community.
    Local newspapers, quoting investigators at the scene, said the killers at first tried to make Kaiser's death appear to be an auto accident. Failing that, the body was then positioned to make it appear as a suicide. The reports said police had discounted both theories and were treating the death as homicide.
    Michael Njuguna, a reporter for the Daily Nation who visited the crime scene, said Kaiser was shot in the back of the head at close range and that the body was found 15 metres from where his utility had been pushed into a ditch.
    Fr Charles Ng'anga, an assistant to the bishop of the Diocese of Ngong, said church officials were pleased with the investigation.
    "They are treating it as a murder. Today we went to the senior criminal investigation officers. They were co-operative," Ng'anga said. "We are in great state of shock. We cannot imagine how a person can kill such an innocent person."
28 Aug 00

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