Friday, August 25, 2006

Rights Agency Gives Kaiser Milele Award

August 25, 2006

Published in the Daily Nation

Father John Kaiser is this year's recipient of the Milele (Lifetime Achievement) Award.

The posthumous award will be presented by the Kenya Human Rights Commission during the Catholic priest's memorial ceremony tomorrow.

According to the commission, the award was in recognition of Fr Kaiser's dedication to the pursuit of human rights and justice for Kenyans.

A statement from the Catholic Church said during his 36 years in Kenya, Fr Kaiser advocated against land grabbing and corruption.

"An outspoken critic of the Moi regime, he worked tirelessly for the rights of the poor and marginalised in society," said the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission.

The cleric was killed six years ago in mysterious circumstances at Morendat junction on the Nakuru-Naivasha road.

After his death, the Government set up an inquest into his murder in 2004 but it is yet to submit its findings.

There will be a procession in Ngong Town to mark the event before Mass to be presided over by Nakuru Catholic bishop Peter Kairo at Mary Mother of God Embulbul Church on Saturday.

Bishop Cornelius Schilder of Ngong Diocese and Fr Kaiser's predecessor, retired Bishop Colin Davis, are also expected to attend the Mass.

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