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ODM pays tribute to Gitari

01 October 2013, 12:19

Nairobi - The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party paid tribute to the late former Anglican Archbishop, David Gitari, who passed away on Monday.

The 76-year-old ex-church leader passed away while undergoing treatment for an undisclosed ailment at the Mater Hospital in Nairobi.

“Dr. Gitari will be remembered as a true defender of democracy and also as a man who stood his ground on what he perceived as oppressive and dictatorial rule,” said ODM Secretary General Anyang’ Nyong’o in a condolence message addressed to the family.

He described Gitari as a “fierce voice” during calls for in the multiparty democracy during the one party rule. The efforts culminated in the amendment of section 2A of the Constitution in 1992, which allowed for multiparty politics.

Nyong’o further added that the late Gitari was among the few selfless clergies who served diligently and could not hesitate to condemn the ills that affected Kenyans.

He paid tribute to the role politicians and the religious leaders played in the push for adoption of multiparty democracy in a bid to increase the political space and eliminate dictatorship.

Born in Nairobi, Gitari was the third Primate and Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, from 1997 to 2002, and at the same time, Bishop of the Diocese of Nairobi.

 – CAJ News



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