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Ndingi sold his car to buy land for IDPs

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While many leaders including President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have eulogised, Raphael Ndingi Mwana a’ Nzeki as a true servant of God, no one knows him better than  the priests and ordinary Christians who freely interacted with him at the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru.

Sadly, the thousands of Christians whom he served for nearly 50 years before he left for Nairobi in 1996, will not be able to give him a memorable send-off on Tuesday owing to coronavirus pandemic.

Archbishop Ndingi, perhaps one of the most prominent Catholic clerics in Kenya, served as the Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Nakuru which also includes parts of Baringo County.

At the Christ The King Cathedral in Nakuru, his sermons were always full like crusades.

In one of his memorable homily, he once told former President Daniel arap Moi on his face that he could not enter the church with armed body guards and he obliged.

The Archbishop Emeritus who died aged 89 years, will forever be remembered by the residents of Molo.

“There is day Archbishop Ndingi sold his sleek Mercedes Benz gift from friends in Germany to buy land for the displaced families in Molo,” recalls Mr Andrew Nyabuto.

Mr Nyabuto said the cleric used the proceeds of the car to buy land and resettled hundreds of IDPs who were camping at Christ The King Cathedral.

“Unlike present day preachers who rarely declare any gifts they get from abroad, this act by the Archbishop touched many and if there is heaven then I bet Archbishop Ndingi went to heaven directly,” said Mr Nyabuto.

Ms Mary Kahengeri, one of the people who camped at Christ The King Cathedral in Nakuru during the 1991-1992 tribal clashes said: “Today I own this piece of land in Molo because of humanitarian acts by Archbishop Ndingi. I will forever be indebted to him as long as I live.”

Father Peter Mose of Subukia described Archbishop Ndingi as “a spiritual dad that one would like to be near. He understood the thin line between politics and faith.”

He added: “He had fatherly advice and he would tell us not to drive at night. He used to tell us if night finds you on the road sleep in the nearest parish.”

Father Joseph Gatamu said: “He used to tell us to give lifts in our cars to our parents and altar boys because in case of an accident they would not take us to court but will in turn defend us.”

The Lay Apostolate Coordinator at the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru, Ronald Sunros Sunguti said the current structure at the diocese is as a result of Ndingi’s good organisational skills.

“He was a man of the people with high level of intelligence. He was a fearless, hardworking and impartial. He was a person of order. He made the structure of Nakuru Diocese as you see it today,” said Mr Sunguti.

The last priest Archbishop Ndingi ordained before he left for Nairobi in 1996, Father Samuel Waweru, who is currently in charge of Catholic Justice and Peace Commission ( CJPC) at the diocese, described him described him as “honest person who reminded the clergy to pray always or they become the prey.”

Mr Joseph Omondi, the executive director of Midrift Human Rights Network in Nakuru town said Archbishop Ndingi was a leading voice of the voiceless during Kanu regime.

“He was a democracy and human rights champion. He sheltered and fed the victims of politically instigated clashes at Christ The King Cathedral in Nakuru. His ability to interpret the biblical teachings and what was happening in the country was motivating and uplifting,” said Mr Omondi.

Father Moses Muraya who was the Vicar General for 10 years under Archbishop Ndingi described him as “an honest, committed and disciplined man who loved his job.”

“He was also a development conscious cleric who started all the social programmes such as water, hospitals and schools among others,” recalls Fr Murya who is a former Nakuru Diocese administrator.

Fr Muraya recalls how one day he asked Archbishop Ndingi what his job description as Vicar-General was and he responded: “ When I am around you do nothing and when I am not around you do everything.”

He added: “He is the foundation of all projects that have kept this diocese strong for the past five decades.”

At the same time, he said that while touring a clash-torn Olenguruone area with Fr Stephen Mbugua in 1992, police officers confronted them and sent him to go and tell Archbishop Ndingi to tread carefully on his push for justice for the displaced people.

However, Father Muraya said that when he told Archbishop Ndingi what the police told him, he responded: “Tell them (police) to come and do what they want. Do they (police) think I will die from morning to evening?”

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VIDEO: Viagra is to blame for deaths of many older Kenyan men, says woman

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Have you ever wondered why there are so many mysterious deaths of older Kenyan men? Ann Wamuratha, a Kenyan motivational speaker now says they are caused by Viagra overdose.

In the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the nation’s drug-safety watchdog, approved the three main erection drugs as “safe.” But are they?

According to a recent study of erection medication side effects during the decade from 1998 (the year Viagra was approved) through 2007, Viagra has been implicated in at least 1,824 deaths mostly from heart attacks. Cialis (approved in 2003) has been linked to 236 deaths, and Levitra (2003) to 121.

Back to Kenya, Why are many stories on the cause of death not adding up?  Wamuratha is here in Gikuyu language. Get a translator if you don’t have one:

In addition, the three medications appear to have caused or significantly contributed to at least 2,500 nonfatal heart attacks and other potentially serious heart problems, and more than 25,000 other potentially serious side effects, among them: mini-strokes, vision loss, and hearing loss.

So how can the FDA call them safe? And what can men do to protect themselves?


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Decomposing Body of a Kenyan Man in US Found in the woods

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Police in Northampton County in Pennsylvania  have recovered the decomposed body of a Kenyan man in his early 20s in a small patch of woods Tuesday morning.

The  County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as Jermine Odak, alias “JoJo” who  is believed to be a Kenyan.

Records indicate that he previously resided in Macungie, Pennsylvania, and Cypress, Texas.

According to the police, the body of the man believed to be 23 years was discovered by a landscaper picking up trash near the 2300 block of Schoenersville Road at around 9:30 am on Tuesday.

“His body was found around 9:30 a.m. in the tree line off Schoenersville Road in Hanover Township,” Colonial Regional Police Deputy Chief James DePalma said.

“At this time, the police do not have any reason to believe there is anything nefarious about the death,” DePalma said.

The Pennsylvania State Police Forensic Unit and the Northampton County Coroner’s Office are also assisting with the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with relevant information is requested to contact Colonial Regional Police detective Michael Munch at 610-861-4820 or the coroner’s office at 610-258-1806.


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Swahili news anchor Harith Salim joins K24 months after losing his job

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When God is on your side, nothing can go a stray or rather nothing will ever come in your way.

Former NTV Swahili journalist Harith Salim knows this perfectly well, especially after seeing God’s hand in his career.

The news anchor has landed a new job at K24, TUKO.co.ke has learnt.

The new opportunity came barely a year after the well-spoken news anchor was sacked from NTV, a station he had worked for, for years.

Well, after staying in the cold for months, God finally shone light on Harith’s path and he found himself a new job at the Mediamax Limited.

The news anchor shared the good news with his fans through his social media pages on Tuesday, December 1.

Harith shared a photo showing K24’s logo and did not add any caption.

He followed it up with a video showing the production room at K24 followed by;

”Mmmmmmh,”

His posts impressed and inspired many people specifically his fans who camped on the comments sections to congratulate him.

Many people held God will never leave his people alone in times of trouble and will always make a way.

TUKO.co.ke earlier reported how Harith, alongside other top journalists were fired from NTV in mid 2020.

Harith did not make public his quandaries but his counterparts such as Ken Mijungu came out to reveal about the firing.

“The axe fell NTV newsroom and I was on its way. 7 years in those corridors summed up in a two page letter of termination. We live to fight another day. Thanks to God, He remains the greatest, thank you NTV Kenya for the opportunity and thank you for always staying tuned,”Mijungu said.

Among people who were shown the door include Debarl Ainea, Brenda Wanga (reporter), Sharon Baranga (reporter) and Shaban Ulaya (Head of Swahili), Lillian Kiarie (business reporter) and Silas Apollo (political reporter).

by Tuko.co.ke


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