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Two teams set up to plan Archbishop David Gitari’s burial

By - MUNENE KAMAU | Oct 2nd 2013 | 2 min read


Two committees have been set up to co-ordinate burial arrangements for Archbishop David Gitari who died on Monday.

One committee will be in Nairobi and the other at his rural home in Difathas village, Kirinyaga County.

Scores of mourners, including some immediate family members, yesterday started streaming into Gitari’s rural home.

Jonathan, Gitari’s second son, said his father’s remains will be interred at the family home in Difathas village but the date of burial will be communicated later.

He described his father as a patriot who put first the interests of the nation and the world at large, especially in matters of democracy and human rights.

‘Although my father was fully committed and engaged in church and public matters, he still found time to be with us and offered guidance as required of a responsible parent,” he said.

Two of his nephews, Rev Marclus Njiru and Thomas Njeru Njagi, said the family had lost its pillar.

A niece, Jessie Wanjiku, described her uncle as an honest leader who dedicated all his life to serving humanity.

And the Mwea East Deputy County Commissioner, Alfred Mwandale, who was among the mourners yesterday, assured the family of government assistance.

Meanwhile, the Kirinyaga Council of Elders is also mourning the passing on of Gitari, who was the council’s patron. Led by their chairman Bernard Kathanga, the elders said Gitari was a human rights crusader and an undisputed champion of multiparty democracy.

Kathanga, while acknowledging that Gitari was a true hero of this nation, said the gap he had left behind was impossible to fill.

Addressing the press in Kerugoya town, Kathanga said the retired Anglican head should be entered into the book of national heroes.

He said the country had lost a leading light in the struggle for pluralism.

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