Raphael S. Ndingi Mwana a'Nzeki (born 25 December 1931) in Mwala Machakos, Kenya was a retired Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi in Kenya.
“A sombre morning as his Eminence John Cardinal Njue has announced the passing on of His Grace Archbishop Emeritus Raphael Ndingi Mwana ‘a Nzeki. Let us pray for the repose of his soul,”
Key moments of his life
25 Dec 1931 Born
31 Jan 1961 Ordained Priest Priest of Nairobi, Kenya
29 May 1969 Appointed Bishop of Machakos, Kenya
1 Aug 1969 Ordained Bishop Bishop of Machakos, Kenya
30 Aug 1971 Appointed Bishop of Nakuru, Kenya
14 Jun 1996 Appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Nairobi, Kenya
21 Apr 1997 Succeeded Archbishop of Nairobi, Kenya
6 Oct 2007 Retired Archbishop of Nairobi, Kenya
Ndingi was one of the clergymen who played an active role in the struggle for the reintroduction of multiparty democracy in Kenya. Although he was moderate who tried avoiding inciting the public against the government, the atrocities committed by the repressive Daniel arap Moi regime forced him to publicly condemn the authorities. He is best remembered for his fearless confrontation of the provincial administration and the police for their role in political clashes of 1992 where 2000 people are reported to have died.
He died on the 31st of March 2020 after a long illness.