Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - "It is time you talked to each other to end this nurses strike in our country. Kenyans are dying in hospitals because there is no one to attend to them", urged His Exc. Mgr. Cornelius Kipng'eno Arap Korir, Bishop of Eldoret and Chairman of the Kenya Conference of the Catholic Bishops-Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, in his homily during Fr. John Kaiser’s Memorial Mass at the Maela Refugee Camp in Naivasha. In Kenya more than 25,000 nurses have been on strike since June 5 this year, demanding higher salaries and allowances.
"Since when did we go this extent of leaving our people die for the sake of money, Fr Kaiser was not Kenyan but he couldn’t let our people die. This is inhumane. We have to renew our efforts to serve the people of Kenya", said Mgr. Korir.
Fr. Kaiser’s Memorial Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Oballa Ole Owaa of the Catholic Diocese of Ngong and Bishop Joseph Mbatia of the Catholic Diocese of Nyahururu.
Fr John Kaiser, a Mill Hill missionary priest from The United States of America, dedicated his life to serve Kenyans without discrimination and had been sent on a mission to Kenya in 1964 and worked in the diocese of Kisii for 20 years and and later in Nakuru and Ngong Dioceses. On August 24, 2000, Fr. Kaiser’s lifeless body was found at Moredat-Naivasha, along the Nakuru-Nairobi highway. The cause of his death could not be ascertained immediately but later it became clear that he was murdered by unknown assailants. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 30/8/2017)