By G O
When Kenyans ask that John Cardinal Njue be a little grounded and bipartisan, they are gauging him against his predecessor; Maurice Cardinal Otunga.
“In 1980s, a diocesan priest, Fr. Joseph Mwangi wa Rugano, was locked up in a Kiambu Station police cell. This was a result of a homily he had preached in his parish that did not go down well with the government of the day.
On receiving the news, Cardinal Otunga drove himself to the police station at night and demanded to be locked up in place of the priest. The hapless officer commanding the station opted to release the priest for a subsequent appearance in court.
On the appointed day, when the priest appeared in court, the Cardinal was there in full solidarity with him and offered to pay his penalty if he was to be convicted. However, no sooner was the case mentioned than the prosecutor and judge agreed that there was no case to answer.”
Karibu nyumbani, Papa Francisco.