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Day police refused to help Rev John Njenga in traffic court matter
By Francis Muroki | Updated Nov 13, 2018 at 12:50 EAT
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Late Rev John Njenga
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Archbishop Emeritus John Njenga lived a virtuous life and abhorred corruption

One day 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 John Njenga lived a virtuous life and abhorred corruption. One day 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, Archbishop Njenga watched as other motorists bribed their way to freedom. His driver was taken to Changamwe Police Station and charged.

At the police station. Archbishop Njenga pleaded with the officer commanding station (OCS) to grant the driver cash bail or a police bond so that the driver could drop him to the airport and return to the police station to face court charges.

But the OCS would not hear of it. So the Archbishop called the Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) and informed him about what had happened.

He repeated that he was ready to pay cash bail or be granted police bail. The OCPD, who knew the Archbishop personally, said he would investigate the matter. But time was running out so the Archbishop reached out to the Coast provincial police officer and repeated his story.

The entire police command adamantly refused to assist him and the driver was eventually taken to court back in Mombasa and charged with the traffic offence. He was fined Sh500. By that time, it was late in the evening and the Archbishop had missed his flight.

That was Archbishop Njenga for you. Always standing and insisting on what was right, no matter the cost or consequences. His character is worth emulating to help the society sweep out corruption.


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