A pastor set himself on fire in his Nairobi house on Tuesday upon learning he would not be in Prophet Owuor’s convoy to a crusade in Kisumu.
Police said preliminary investigations showed pastor Fred Otieno attempted suicide after he was assigned duty in Kibos ahead of Owuor’s trip on Wednesday.
A security officer and reverend only identified as Gitonga said he noticed smoke emanating from Otieno’s house at Runda Mumwe estate, gate 128.
“We rushed there and found the pastor [who serves at Kings Outreach Ministries] unconscious in his bedroom.” he told officers from Kiambu police station.
Kiambu police boss Steven Ng’etich said Otieno’s clothes were in a heap that was on fire and that a 13-kg gas cylinder was on.
Ng’etich said the pastor suffered burns to the legs, hands and forehead in the 10am incident but is in stable condition at Kenyatta National Hospital.
Thousands of Christians are expected to attend the New Year prayers going on until January 4. Some 1,200 police officers were to be deployed to keep guard.