Story by NYABONYI KAZUNGU
Publication Date: 8/28/2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
Friday, 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.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
August 22, 2006
The Catholic Church has organized a memorial mass for American-born missionary priest Fr John Anthony Kaiser who died in unclear circumstances six years ago.
The mass will be held on Saturday beginning 10.30 am at Mary Mother of God Embulbul Catholic Church, Ngong near Nairobi. There will be a procession from St Joseph Cathedral starting 8.30 am.
The theme of the memorial is: 'Promote and uphold human rights and dignity.'
A judicial inquest into the death of the Mill Hill missionary on August 24, 2000, is going on in Nairobi. The inquest adjourned to August 28 and will continue through September.
The Kenya National Human Rights Commission conferred the 2006 Milele (Lifetime Achievement) award on Fr Kaiser "for dedicating his life to the pursuit of human rights and justice for the Kenyan people."