– The men of God were first trained before they dressed in the PPEs to give their colleague Kania his last respect
– The PCEA secretary-general succumbed to COVID-19 complications while receiving treatment at The Nairobi Hospital
– The cleric’s remains were interred at the Thogoto PCEA Church of the Torch premises
– The burial was attended by several leaders among them Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and Deputy President William Ruto
The outgoing secretary-general of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) Peter Kariuki Kania was laid to rest on Thursday, July 30, in Kikuyu, Kiambu county.
The PCEA Moderator Julius Mwamba who announced his death said the secretary-general succumbed to COVID-19 at The Nairobi Hospital on July 28.
The Daily Nation reported the late reverend’s remains were interred at the Thogoto PCEA Church of the Torch premises.
Despite having been felled by the virus, Kania’s burial was conducted by PCEA pastors who adorned Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to protect themselves.
The gallant men of God crossed all barriers, trained, put down their clergy gowns and dressed in PPEs so as to give honour and last respect to their fallen colleague.
The burial was attended by several leaders among them Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwe and Deputy President William Ruto.
The Health CS read President Uhuru Kenyatta’s message of condolences to the family and church fraternity.
In his message, Uhuru regretted that Kanai died when his services were needed most in uniting the country.
He further said there was a collective need for all Kenyans to observe the guidelines put in place to contain the spread of the virus which has affected global economies and lives.
“He was a selfless church leader and I call upon Kenyans and church leaders to emulate him. I also ask God to give the family fortitude to withstand the loss,’’ he said.
Kania who died at the age of 54 left behind a widow, two sons and several grandchildren.
He will be remembered for his generous work when he mobilised 4.5 million church members across East Africa to help those affected by COVID-19.
He mobilised church members to donate as little as KSh 50 weekly or give it in form of dry food packages for families that could no longer work for a living due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“If many of our people do not work today, they won’t eat tomorrow. When people are hungry, it’s not about giving them bread for one day,” said Kania.
“It is about walking with them throughout their period of need,” he added.
The reverend will also be remembered as a passionate clergy who empowered men to be agents of change in their communities.
He established an annual event where men in the church would gather to celebrate and convert new members.
Kania was the second religious leaders contract the disease after Bishop Margaret Wanjiru of Jesus is Alive Ministries.
The woman of God was taken ill on Thursday, May 21, and was reportedly put on oxygen upon admission to Aga Khan University Hospital according to multiple reports.
Earlier unconfirmed reports indicated the preacher and politician had hosted several people at her home, allegations she termed as unfounded and baseless.
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