NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 31 – Long-serving retired Catholic Archbishop Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki is dead.
Ndingi passed on the Clergy House in Nairobi on Tuesday night, according to Archbishop Antony Muheria of Nyeri Diocese.
“It is true Archbishop passed on last night,” he told Sun News on telephone, “let us pray for him and also pray for ourselves.”
The outspoken and fearless leader had served in many roles and places including being assistant priest at Makadara, Nairobi; Education Secretary-General of Catholic Bishops; Bishop of Machakos, later of Nakuru and finally the Archbishop of Nairobi.
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.
He was the first Catholic bishop to celebrate his episcopal golden jubilee in Kenya.
Daily Nation reports that he was thrust into the limelight when he opposed the Kanu government’s directive that forced voters to queue or line up behind their candidate.
He also risked his life to support victims of the tribal clashes in the Rift Valley.
Fr. Lawrence Njoroge, who was Administrative Secretary of Archbishop Ndingi Mwana ‘a Nzeki at the Holy Family Basilica between 1998-2001 writes that:
“He sat for the Cambridge School Certificate privately and returned excellent results before admission to university to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History.”
Fr. Njoroge also reveals that during Nzeki’s tenure as Bishop of Machakos, Nakuru and Nairobi, he invested heavily in education.