The Revd Michael Kimindu writes:
FURTHER to your obituary of the Most Revd David
Gitari (Gazette, 18 October): he was a man of vision and
courage, and will be remembered for a number of firsts. Besides the
theological training, liturgical reform, and advocacy of political
reform mentioned in your obituary, after his retirement he openly
spoke for, and embraced, the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, and intersex persons.
At his Philadelphia Retreat Centre, the late Archbishop welcomed
and listened to leaders of LGBTI organisations, including Other
Sheep Africa, Changing Attitude Kenya, and the Gay and Lesbian
Coalition of Kenya.
A United Coalition of Affirming Africans Kenya, which had his
support, is yet to be launched at his Centre. The entire community
of LGBTI people, their parents, and their allies in Kenya have lost
a great ally. May God rest his soul in eternal peace.