The life and journey of the late Archbishop Nding'i Mwana a' Nzeki and his contribution to democracy

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The retired Archbishop of Roman Catholic Arch diocese of Nairobi, Raphael Ndingi Mwana a' Nzeki, has been reported dead early this morning at the age of 88 years. This has been confirmed by his eminence John Cardinal Njue.

Ndingi Mwana a' Nzeki was born in 26th December 1931 in Machakos county. He was ordained as a priest in 1961 where he served under Archbishop JJ McCarthy of Nairobi diocese and then as a bishop in 1969 in dioceses of Machakos and Nakuru before being appointed as coadjutor Archbishop of Nairobi in 1996. By then he served as an assistant to by then cardinal Maurice Michael Otunga. He then succeeded cardinal Otunga in April 21st 1997 as the Archbishop of Nairobi.

The late retired Archbishop is also remembered as one of the clergymen who played a key role in the struggle for the introduction of multiparty democracy in Kenya. He also protected Kenyans from the government by avoiding to incite the public against the government.

The late Archbishop is also remembered for his fearless confrontation of the provincial administration and police for their role in political clashes of 1992 where almost 2000 people were reported dead.

Indeed this is a great man and his death is a big loss to his family, believers, country and the entire world. Rest in Peace Archbishop Raphael Ndingi Mwana a' Nzeki.

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