Catholics across the country continue to give tribute to Retired Arch Bishop Emeritus Raphael Ndingi Mwana Nzeki, who passed on earlier in the week after a long illness at the Nairobi Clergy House.
Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu described his Garce as a committed servant of God who demonstrated devotion in service to humanity for many years while in the Catholic leadership in Kenya.
“The late lived well with all people. He was wise and brave and we thank God for the many years He gave him,” she said in a statement on Tuesday in Kitui town.
The Governor mourned the late Archbishop Emeritus as a servant of God who loved the country and fought for a just society.
“We pray that God gives the family and the country at large the fortitude to bear the loss of our loved one at such a difficult moment,” she added.
The catholic broke the news of the demise of the 88 year old Archbishop last Tuesday in a brief statement to newsrooms after suffering an ailment that was yet to be made public.
The His Eminence John Cardinal Njue in his signed statement said it was a sombre morning for the Catholic fraternity and the nation at large following the death of Mwana a’ Nzeki, and that they are praying for the repose of his soul.
Ndingi Mwana a’ Nzeki was a Retired Arch Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church Arch Diocese of Nairobi.
Condolences have continued to pour in with President Uhuru Kenyatta eulogizing the late as a loving and outstanding man of God whose servant leadership will be missed across generation.
Others who sent their condolence included former prime Minister Raila Odinga and ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi.
Nzeki sprang in his career in the 1969 when he was ordained by the Pope Paul VI during the latter’s historic African visit and since then has served in various leadership positions in the Catholic Church, beginning his career full throttle as a Bishop in Machakos.
He celebrated his 50 years of service in 2019 since his ordinance by Pope Paul VI with success records in using his role in the Church to further provide education to the masses
Nzeki first sprang into limelight when he opposed the late President Moi Mlolongo system of voting.
By Alice Gworo and Yobesh Onwonga