Dar es Salaam (Agenzia Fides) - "Fr. Samson was killed but we do not know by whom and under what circumstances" says to Fides His Exc. Mgr. Gervas John Mwasikwabhila Nyaisonga, Archbishop of Mbeya, the Tanzanian archdiocese where Fr. Michael Mawelera Samson, of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) originally from Malawi worked, who died on June 10.
His body was found on the banks of the Meta River on the morning of June 11.
"Parts of his body parts were found around 6:30 a.m. on June 11", Archbishop Nyaisonga said. "It's likely Father Samson was shot in the head, maybe he was knocked unconscious, and then the killer or killers set about dissecting his body. We do not think it was a witchcraft ritual, as all the limbs of the poor corpse were found. Normally, during witchcraft rituals, parts of the body disappear", the Archbishop said.
Archbishop Nyaisonga adds that "Father Samson was killed in a different place from where his body was found, wrapped in a sheet so that it could be transported without leaving a trace of blood". The funeral of the murdered missionary will take place tomorrow, June 16, in the presence of a delegation from the White Fathers and the Diocese of Mzuzu (Malawi), where Father Samson originally came from. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 15/6/2022)