A prime suspect said he had been in a romantic relationship with Catholic priest Michael Kyengo whose body was found buried in a shallow grave.
The 40-year-old priest disappeared from his parents’ Tala home on October 5 and his body recovered on October 16 from a riverbed in Mbeere South, Embu County.
His disappearance was reported to the KBC police station on October 7. The body was mutilated, stashed in a sack at buried in the river bed.
A 25-year-old nursery school trained teacher has said Kyengo was his lover.
Forensic examination of the suspect’s mobile phone has further reinforced his claims after the police discovered romantic text messages alleged to be between the preacher and the male teacher.
In one of the conversations seen by the Saturday Standard dated October 6, the two referred to each other in romantic terms of “Hi dear” and “hi my love”.
The sources said Kyengo and the suspect have known each other since 2008 when they first met at a seminary in Machakos County.
They have maintained close contact since then.