Ngilu lauds Catholic church in Kenya for its exemplary leadership

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

KITUI COUN

By Boniface Mulu

A church leader taking people to nowhere in terms of development should be cautioned, the Kitui County Governor Charity Kaluki Ngilu has said. The governor at the same time highly lauded the Catholic church in Kenya for its exemplary leadership and general development for the people. “You Catholics I like you so much.

Really what is in Kenya today is what the Catholic church has brought to the country,” Ngilu said. “The Catholic church has a direction to where it is taking the people spiritually, developmentally, socially and intellectually,” the governor added.
The governor at the same time highly lauded the Catholic church in Kenya for its exemplary leadership and general development for the people. “You Catholics I like you so much.

Really what is in Kenya today is what the Catholic church has brought to the country,” Ngilu said. “The Catholic church has a direction to where it is taking the people spiritually, developmentally, socially and intellectually,” the governor added.

She was speaking to thousands of Catholic faithful during the official opening of the Kitui Catholic Diocesan Saint Andrews Kwa Vonza Parish in Kwa Vonza Location of Lower Yatta District in Kitui County on Sunday, May 5, 2019 where the occasion was presided over by the Kitui Catholic Diocesan Apostolic Administrator His Grace Anthony Muheria. Muheria is also the Nyeri Catholic Archbishop.

The Kwa Vonza Parish is the Kitui Catholic Diocese’s 29thparish. It has been created by Muheria from the Mulutu Parish. And Reverend Father Francis Musyoka Ngungu is its Parish Priest with Reverend Father Boniface Mutisya as his deputy. The Kwa Vonza Parish that has 14 stations is one the ten parishes that form the Kitui Catholic Diocese’s Central Deanery. Ngilu said that during their anti-KANU regime in Kenya they used to take refuge in the Catholic churches in the country.

And she cited the Saint Peter’s Basilica Catholic Church in Nairobi. The governor highly thanked Muheria for his exemplary leadership for the Kitui Catholic Diocese. “Let me thank you Your Grace because you have developed the Kitui Catholic Diocese in a way that nobody else could do that,” Ngilu told the Apostolic Administrator. I know that we together with the church are going to work, she added. “The Kwa Vonza Parish has come when a thing like this is being needed to be taken to everywhere,” Ngilu said.

On national politics, Ngilu said: “We in the leadership in Kenya are not elected to fight the other leaders. We need unity in the country.” The governor assured the congregation that she is going to provide the Kwa Vonza Parish priests’ house with water and electricity immediately. “And I am also going to make the road that is leading to here decent by either murraming or tarmacking it,” she added.

Ngilu said that she happy for the awarding of tenders to the Kitui County government to make uniforms for the chiefs and their assistants in Kenya by the national government.

The uniforms are going to be made by the Kitui County Textile Company which is part of the Syongila Vocational Training Centre in Kitui Central District.

“And I am also happy because the Namibian government through the country’s army chief has said that they want us to make for them their military uniforms at the Kitui County Textile Company,” the governor further said. Ngilu said that they have so much honey in Kitui County which she said is one of the county’s wealth..

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Kitui County has the best honey in the world. The governor said that they are expecting to produce some 1,000,000 kilogrammes of honey in Kitui County this year. “Kitui is a wealthy county. It is a county on the move,” she said.

Ngilu said that she is fully working towards uplifting the lives of the Kitui County’s women. “It is we the women who are going to take Kitui forward. Women are the family caretakers.

They are very important people in the society,” the governor said. On his part, Archbishop Muheria highly thanked all those who attended the occasion. “Thank you all of you because of coming here,” he said.

This gathering is a gathering of faith, the cleric added. “You the people of Kwa Vonza I give you Father Ngungu as your priest. And I also give you Father Boniface Mutisya as his deputy in running your parish. Receive them and love and work with them for the good of the parish,” Muheria said.

The Archbishop highly praised the Catholic missionaries in Kenya for their good work in the country. “We Kenyans benefitted quite a lot from their priestly work.

The very missionaries who were from Italy and other countries including Ireland came and brought the gospel message to Kenya. They volunteered themselves and served us generously. So I ask you the Catholics not to forget those missionaries,” Muheria said.

I ask you to remember them, thank them and pray for them, he added. “The work of the missionaries has ended. So let us ourselves now stand to serve as missionaries,” the cleric added. Father Ngungu, who also addressed the congregation, highly thanked Muheria for having appointed him to lead the Kwa Vonza Parish. “Your Grace this is a very great honour that you have bestowed on me. I am very happy by that.

I am happy with the unity and efforts of the Christians of this new parish. So thank very much,” he said. Through the God’s powers we are going to succeed in running this new parish, Ngungu further said.

The priest said that he led the Kitui Catholic Diocese’s Kimangao Parish in 1994 as the Parish Priest. “So I am something amateur when we come to parish,” Ngungu said.

The bishop, we as a new parish will come to you to seek opinions, wisdom and advice, he told Muheria. The Mulutu Parish Council Chairman David Juma, in his speech said the splitting of parishes is a very great development for the diocese and parishioners.

He said that they the Mulutu Parish will continue cooperating with the new parish. In his speech, the Kwa Vonza Parish Council Chairman Maurice Makau highly thanked Muheria for giving them a parish. Makau, who had spoken earlier before Governor Ngilu, said that their three main challenges at the Kwa Vonza Parish priests’ house are the water, electricity and transport.

And he called upon the local leaders including Governor Ngilu to cheap in to provide them with the very said needs. The area’s (Kitui Rural Constituency) Member of Parliament Charles Mutisya Nyamai and the area (Kwa Vonza Ward) Member of Kitui County Assembly John Kisangau also addressed the function among others.

The 65 years old Kitui Catholic Diocese now has a total of 29 parishes. The Kwa Vonza Parish that has a total of 14 stations has been officially opened after the official opening of the Katutu Parish on Sunday, January 13, 2019 by the Kitui Catholic Diocesan Apostolic Administrator Anthony Muheria.

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The Katutu Parish has been formed from the Kavati Parish. And the next parish to be officially opened by Muheria is the Kwa Kilui Parish.
The governor at the same time highly lauded the Catholic church in Kenya for its exemplary leadership and general development for the people. “You Catholics I like you so much.

Really what is in Kenya today is what the Catholic church has brought to the country,” Ngilu said. “The Catholic church has a direction to where it is taking the people spiritually, developmentally, socially and intellectually,” the governor added.

She was speaking to thousands of Catholic faithful during the official opening of the Kitui Catholic Diocesan Saint Andrews Kwa Vonza Parish in Kwa Vonza Location of Lower Yatta District in Kitui County on Sunday, May 5, 2019 where the occasion was presided over by the Kitui Catholic Diocesan Apostolic Administrator His Grace Anthony Muheria. Muheria is also the Nyeri Catholic Archbishop.

The Kwa Vonza Parish is the Kitui Catholic Diocese’s 29thparish. It has been created by Muheria from the Mulutu Parish. And Reverend Father Francis Musyoka Ngungu is its Parish Priest with Reverend Father Boniface Mutisya as his deputy. The Kwa Vonza Parish that has 14 stations is one the ten parishes that form the Kitui Catholic Diocese’s Central Deanery. Ngilu said that during their anti-KANU regime in Kenya they used to take refuge in the Catholic churches in the country.

And she cited the Saint Peter’s Basilica Catholic Church in Nairobi. The governor highly thanked Muheria for his exemplary leadership for the Kitui Catholic Diocese. “Let me thank you Your Grace because you have developed the Kitui Catholic Diocese in a way that nobody else could do that,” Ngilu told the Apostolic Administrator.

I know that we together with the church are going to work, she added. “The Kwa Vonza Parish has come when a thing like this is being needed to be taken to everywhere,” Ngilu said.

On national politics, Ngilu said: “We in the leadership in Kenya are not elected to fight the other leaders. We need unity in the country.” The governor assured the congregation that she is going to provide the Kwa Vonza Parish priests’ house with water and electricity immediately. “And I am also going to make the road that is leading to here decent by either murraming or tarmacking it,” she added.

Ngilu said that she happy for the awarding of tenders to the Kitui County government to make uniforms for the chiefs and their assistants in Kenya by the national government. The uniforms are going to be made by the Kitui County Textile Company which is part of the Syongila Vocational Training Centre in Kitui Central District.

“And I am also happy because the Namibian government through the country’s army chief has said that they want us to make for them their military uniforms at the Kitui County Textile Company,” the governor further said. Ngilu said that they have so much honey in Kitui County which she said is one of the county’s wealth..

Kitui County has the best honey in the world. The governor said that they are expecting to produce some 1,000,000 kilogrammes of honey in Kitui County this year. “Kitui is a wealthy county.

It is a county on the move,” she said. Ngilu said that she is fully working towards uplifting the lives of the Kitui County’s women. “It is we the women who are going to take Kitui forward. Women are the family caretakers.

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They are very important people in the society,” the governor said. On his part, Archbishop Muheria highly thanked all those who attended the occasion. “Thank you all of you because of coming here,” he said. This gathering is a gathering of faith, the cleric added. “You the people of Kwa Vonza I give you Father Ngungu as your priest. And I also give you Father Boniface Mutisya as his deputy in running your parish.

Receive them and love and work with them for the good of the parish,” Muheria said. The Archbishop highly praised the Catholic missionaries in Kenya for their good work in the country. “We Kenyans benefitted quite a lot from their priestly work.

The very missionaries who were from Italy and other countries including Ireland came and brought the gospel message to Kenya. They volunteered themselves and served us generously. So I ask you the Catholics not to forget those missionaries,” Muheria said.

I ask you to remember them, thank them and pray for them, he added. “The work of the missionaries has ended. So let us ourselves now stand to serve as missionaries,” the cleric added. Father Ngungu, who also addressed the congregation, highly thanked Muheria for having appointed him to lead the Kwa Vonza Parish. “Your Grace this is a very great honour that you have bestowed on me.

I am very happy by that. I am happy with the unity and efforts of the Christians of this new parish. So thank very much,” he said. Through the God’s powers we are going to succeed in running this new parish, Ngungu further said.

The priest said that he led the Kitui Catholic Diocese’s Kimangao Parish in 1994 as the Parish Priest. “So I am something amateur when we come to parish,” Ngungu said. The bishop, we as a new parish will come to you to seek opinions, wisdom and advice, he told Muheria.

The Mulutu Parish Council Chairman David Juma, in his speech said the splitting of parishes is a very great development for the diocese and parishioners. He said that they the Mulutu Parish will continue cooperating with the new parish. In his speech, the Kwa Vonza Parish Council Chairman Maurice Makau highly thanked Muheria for giving them a parish. Makau, who had spoken earlier before Governor Ngilu, said that their three main challenges at the Kwa Vonza Parish priests’ house are the water, electricity and transport. And he called upon the local leaders including Governor Ngilu to cheap in to provide them with the very said needs.

The area’s (Kitui Rural Constituency) Member of Parliament Charles Mutisya Nyamai and the area (Kwa Vonza Ward) Member of Kitui County Assembly John Kisangau also addressed the function among others. The 65 years old Kitui Catholic Diocese now has a total of 29 parishes.

The Kwa Vonza Parish that has a total of 14 stations has been officially opened after the official opening of the Katutu Parish on Sunday, January 13, 2019 by the Kitui Catholic Diocesan Apostolic Administrator Anthony Muheria. The Katutu Parish has been formed from the Kavati Parish. And the next parish to be officially opened by Muheria is tKilia Kilui Parish.

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