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01 November 2013

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.

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