Archbishop Emeritus Raphael Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki died on Monday evening after battling illness for a long time. It still remains unclear what had caused his death.
Last year Ndingi celebrated his Golden jubilee as a Bishop, a first in the country and today Archbishop Ndingi finished his Journey on earth.
Kenyans have poured in their condolences to the legend and claim to remember him as a fighter who stood against and dared Moi. A man who fought impunity, and a true man of God.
Nairobi Catholic Archbishop John Cardinal Njue Tuesday Morning announced the passing on of Mwana a’Nzeki.
“A sombre morning as His Eminence John Cardinal Njue has announced the passing on of His Grace Archbishop Emeritus Raphael Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki,” the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
Below are interesting facts you probably did not know about retired archbishop Ndingi:
Days after his retirement, Ndingi suffered memory and speech lapses.
Ndingi had lost his ability to talk but could still afford a mumble and utter phrases like “thank you”, “I know you” or “I am very happy”.
Though weak in body but strong in faith, the octogenarian routinely had visitors into his home most of them Catholic faithful and neighbours.
Visiting hours were strictly between 10 am to lunch hour.
His Eminence John Cardinal Njue made it upon himself to occasionally pay Ndingi a visit.
Ndingi was being fostered by one sister Teresia who cleaned and fed the Archbishop as he could no longer do any task for himself.
Those who visited him said he was a strong-willed character despite his failing health, which sometimes required check-ups at a Catholic-run hospital in Nairobi.