Catholic lobby orders DNA tests on 'priests' children' in Kenya

Monday August 27 2018


Eva Aluvalla, head of human DNA identification laboratory at the Kenya Medical Research Institute loads a sample into the PCR machine for amplification/analysis to establish paternity on March 28, 2018. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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An International Catholic Organisation has contracted a private DNA agency in Kenya to conduct paternity DNA Services to children who believe they were sired by Catholic priests.

On Saturday, the agency- DNA Testing Services, formerly known as CSI Nairobi launched a campaign asking mothers who have had children with priests to request for DNA tests.

Several cases of children, mothers and families accusing Catholic priests of siring and abandoning children have been reported in Kenya, with some of them being taken to court.

One of the cases involved a priest in Maua Meru, who was accused by the family of two cousins, Amos, 22 and Harrison, 19, who were murdered and their bodies being dumped at a river in Ruai.

But their efforts to compel the priest were fruitless, as Amos’ mother who had been an employee of a charity organisation also died under mysterious circumstances, months before the murder of her son.

Amos and Harrison were carjacked and commandeered to the river and shot at close range.