Family of slain Ugandan preacher is still waiting for justice 32 years later

A devastated widow Lloyd Goodwin described the husband as a “martyr” whose life was cut short at only 31 years of age by an assassin’s bullet

By The Weekly Vision Online

The family of slain Ugandan preacher Bishop Thomas Oundo who was shot and killed in Nairobi 32 years ago, is still waiting for justice. The preacher was married to an American they had two daughters.

Bishop Oundo was re-known for his fiery sermons at the Shan and later National National Theater, and after his assassination, he was laid to rest at the Langata cemetery as the government of President Moi promised to find the killers and charge them in court.

Reverend Oundo died barely three kilometres from his apartment where his wife and two children were still waiting for him

A devastated widow Lloyd Goodwin described the husband as a “martyr” whose life was cut short at only 31 years of age by an assassin’s bullet. The body of the Reverend Thomas Oundo of the Gospel Assemblies Church based at the former Shan Cinema Hall was found in his small light-blue Datsun car about 15 Kilometers from Nairobi, just before Kinoo Market on the Nairobi-Naivasha road. The body had many gunshot wounds in the head and other parts.

Reverend Thomas Oundo of the Gospel Assemblies Church he was assassinated in 1989

People in the neighbourhood are said to have heard heavy gunfire at about 2 a.m. A young man said he heard the loud noise and thought something drastic had happened. The Reverend Oundo died barely three kilometres from his apartment where his wife and two children were still waiting for him. It is believed that his killers waylaid him near the turn off to the road leading to the quiet Kinoo suburb; he had spent the whole of Sunday preaching at Shan Cinema. Two suspects were later arrested who turned out to be GSU but the case never got off the ground as the court released the alleged killers for lack of evidence.

The preacher’s family has been waiting for justice since the 1989 shock killing, they told The Weekly Vision online that according to Samia culture the preacher’s body should have been taken back to Busia Uganda for burial. But the widow and church leaders disagreed with some

Family members and decided on a Nairobi burial according to the Christian Faith. Godwin said Oundo died for the truth that he was preaching.

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