A cleric on Friday escaped lynching in Kapsabet after a snake slithered from a bag containing her Bible and other religious literature. The African Divine Church pastor is said to have been travelling to Nakuru for an Easter crusade.
However, when changing vehicles in Kapsabet and as touts jostled for her bag, a huge python slithered out.
Realising the danger she was in, the pastor, who is about 50 years old, took to her heels with the crowd in hot pursuit. And as the angry mob gave chase, others killed the snake. They then set her bag, uniforms, religious books and the Bible on fire.
Businesspeople at the bus park closed their premises and joined the mob in searching for the pastor but she had vanished.
The morning incident created pandemonium as travellers, drivers and touts demanded that luggage belonging to other travellers be searched. Transport services resumed hours later but the travellers complained about the unexpected delay.
A shocked traveller, Mr John Arumasi said he was now scared of sitting next to people with huge bags in a bus. He said it was weird for a pastor to carry a snake in her bag, adding that witches were now hiding in churches. “People should not preach water and drink wine in the name of God,” Mr Arumasi said.
Area head of police James Mugera said the incident had not been reported to the station but the matter would be investigated.
“No one has reported such an incident but we will investigate,” he said
Mr Mugera has appealed to drivers to avoid speeding. His call came as drivers plying the Kapsabet-Eldoret road urged the government to improve the road, saying it was in bad shape.
They complained that the government had promised to start work on the road in February but nothing had been done so far.