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Ndingi Mwana’a Nzeki: Bold retired Catholic archbishop dies aged 88

Raphael Ndingi Mwana ‘a Nzeki, the retired Catholic Archbishop has died after a long illness.

Reports indicate that the 88-year-old passed away on Tuesday, March 31 morning.

“A sombre morning as his Eminence John Cardinal Njue has announced the passing on of His Grace Archbishop Emeritus Raphael Ndingi Mwana ‘a Nzeki. Let us pray for the repose of his soul,” a statement from the Archdiocese of Nairobi reads.

In August 2019, the retired Archbishop celebrated 50 years since his ordination.

Ndingi is remembered for telling off the KANU government of the late Daniel Moi over the 1991-1992 tribal clashes that saw over 300,000 Kikuyus, Luos and Luhyas evicted from parts of Rift Valley.

The clashes in Kipkellion, Olenguruone, Molo and some parts of Bomet saw the eviction of many non-natives but the government of the day under Moi dismissed them as land clashes.

It would later emerge the clashes targetted opposition supporters mainly the supporters of Forum for Restoration of Democracy (Ford).

President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned the retired Archbishop, describing him as a loving and outstanding man of God, whose servant leadership will be missed by Kenyans.

Deputy President William Ruto described Ndingi as “a towering and progressive spiritual figure who relentlessly advocated for equal justice in our society,”

ODM leader Raila Odinga described Ndingi as one of the brightest lights to have graced Kenya, noting his dedication to serving humanity will be greatly missed.

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