Cabinet Minister Resigns in Bishop’s Death
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ Kenya’s minister of labor, under fire in the death of an outspoken Anglican bishop, announced Monday he had offered to resign.
The minister, Peter Okondo, has been under pressure to step down since the Aug. 14 death of Bishop Alexander Muge, a leading government critic.
Three days before Muge’s death, Okondo had told a public rally that the bishop ″might not leave alive″ if he visited Okondo’s Busia constituency.
Muge was killed when a milk truck crashed into his car as he was returning home from visiting Busia.
No evidence has been presented that Muge’s death was anything but an accident. The driver of the truck has been charged with causing his death through reckless driving.
However, the attorney general has ordered a public inquest in response to the public outcry over his death and widespread suggestions of foul play.
There was no immediate word on whether President Daniel arap Moi accepted Okondo’s resignation.
Okondo, 65, sent a brief statement to the state-owned Kenya News Agency on Monday saying he had ″offered to resign my ministerial appointment″ after ″consideration and appropriate consultations regarding words I am reported to have uttered at Busia″ on Aug. 11. The statement was dated Aug. 18.
Since his comments, calls for Okondo’s resignation have come from Anglican and other church leaders, high government officials, and newspapers, including the government-owned Kenya Times.