Good morning fellow Kenyans
The curtains have finally fallen for the Retired Archbishop Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki. The mighty man of God was pronounced dead on Tuesday after a long battle with an undisclosed illness.
In the words of Koigi Wamwere, Ndingi was a rare man of cloth yet. His life mirrored a person who wanted a society free from corruption and full of humanity.
His strictness and adherence to church doctrines favoured none. During his tenure in Nakuru, 10 priests were excommunicated for engaging in scandals.
Mark this, at one point, it is reported, he took on Late Retired President Daniel Moi head-on after he and his entourage arrived hours after the mass had begun resulting in a commotion.
The Late Moi was forced to take a seat amidst the congregation after Ndingi boldly said that a church service wasn’t a political gathering to be attended anytime.
In his biography dubbed A Voice Unstilled: a heroic moment is captured of when he sneaked environmental activist Professor Wangari Maathai into Christ the King Church, Nakuru.
On that day, March 3, 1994, Ndingi hid Maathai at the back of his car and helped her in sneaking through several roadblocks mounted along Nairobi-Nakuru highway with a sole reason of blocking the Activist from attending a crucial discussion for the victims of ethnic clashes in the region.
Who among the current lot of religious leaders will dare defy such a baseless government directive and defend our activists in their quest to stand for justice?
When did you last hear that a religious leader sent packing politicians for arriving late for a service? Have you not heard that politicians fought at a church bringing its services to a halt?
Fare thee well Ndingi, you were a fearless man of God who stood for justice. We are yet to find one like you.
That aside, here are our top stories today:
Ticking time bomb: Coronavirus spreads to health workers
A clinical officer in Nairobi has become Kenya’s first health worker to contract coronavirus in the line of duty.
She was taken ill last week at Ngara Health Centre in Nairobi, where she works.
Her husband has also been confirmed positive. Both are admitted and isolated at the Kenyatta National Hospital IDU at Mbagathi.
Thousands lose jobs as big hotels close nationwide
The hospitality industry in Kenya is on its knees with thousands of workers sent packing as traditional tourist towns and their magical hotels turn almost ghostly.
Several tourist resorts in Kilifi have closed and about 3,000 workers sent on compulsory unpaid leave as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread.
This is the situation in several other towns including Nanyuki, Nyeri, Bomet and Naivasha.
Stop Panic Buying or Food Prices Will Rise, Kenyans Told
Kenyans have been warned against panic buying during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Agriculture CS Peter Munya said this could create an unwarranted shock in the market, pushing the cost of food up.
“Currently, food supply is sufficient and I urge Kenyans to resist panic buying. We will be closely monitoring the cost of food and taking stern measures against traders who create artificial price inflation on food and agriculture inputs,” he said.
Uganda has already declared a 14-day total lockdown over the COVID-19 pandemic, why do you think the Kenyan government is hesitant in taking such a measure yet it has the largest number of Coronavirus patients in East Africa, save for Rwanda.