Archbishop Emeritus JohnÂ NjengaÂ lived a virtuous life and abhorred corruption
OneÂ dayÂ he was rushing to the Moi International Airport in Mombasa to catch a flight to Nairobi, and later in the evening take another flight to Kisumu to attend a bishops' conference
Archbishop Emeritus JohnÂ NjengaÂ lived a virtuous life and abhorred corruption. OneÂ dayÂ he was rushing to the Moi International Airport in Mombasa to catch a flight to Nairobi, and later in the evening take another flight to Kisumu to attend a bishops' conference.
Two kilometres to the airport, his driver was arrested for overlapping. As the driver got out of the car to plead with the policeman to let him go, ArchbishopÂ NjengaÂ watched as other motorists bribed their way to freedom. His driver was taken to ChangamweÂ PoliceÂ Station and charged.
At theÂ policeÂ station. ArchbishopÂ NjengaÂ pleaded with the officer commanding station (OCS) to grant the driver cash bail or aÂ policeÂ bond so that the driver could drop him to the airport and return to theÂ policeÂ station to faceÂ courtÂ charges.
But the OCS would not hear of it. So the Archbishop called the Officer CommandingÂ PoliceÂ Division (OCPD) and informed him about what had happened.
He repeated that he was ready to pay cash bail or be grantedÂ policeÂ bail. The OCPD, who knew the Archbishop personally, said he would investigate theÂ matter. But time was running out so the Archbishop reached out to the Coast provincialÂ police officer and repeated his story.
The entireÂ policeÂ command adamantlyÂ refusedÂ to assist him and the driver was eventually taken toÂ courtÂ back in Mombasa and charged with theÂ trafficÂ offence. He was fined Sh500. By that time, it was late in the evening and the Archbishop had missed his flight.
That was ArchbishopÂ NjengaÂ for you. Always standing and insisting on what was right, noÂ matterÂ the cost or consequences. His character is worth emulating toÂ helpÂ the society sweep out corruption.
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