Catholic bishops in Kenya have warned the government not to allow a "cover-up" of the murder of priest and human rights activist Fr John Kaiser.
    A spokesman for the bishops made the call on Sunday, during an outdoor mass conducted near the spot where the American priest was found slain one month ago.
    The bishops' statement also made it clear that they still hold the government responsible for the murder.
    "We shall continue to suspect, until the government exonerates itself from the murder, because to suspect is not a crime," said the Bishop of Eldoret, Cornelius Korir.
    Carrying a banner with the words "the blood of martyrs is the seed of justice", priests and worshippers conducted a two-hour procession from St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Navaisha, to the Morendat junction on the Naivasha-Nakuru highway.
    A large wooden memorial cross was erected at the spot where the slain priest was found in his car, killed with a shotgun.
    Bishop Korir said the Church was awaiting the outcome of the investigation, and hoped that there would be no cover-up by the government.
    "We pray to God to let us know who fired the first bullet," he told the congregation.
    "When they kill such an old priest in cold blood it shows that the level of injustice have gone overboard."
26 Sep 00

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