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Clergyman who wrote his eulogy to have his wish in death

The Presbyterian Church of East Africa moderator who died on Sunday wrote his six-page eulogy and picked the clothes he wanted to be buried in.

PCEA clerk Bildad Mathai said Reverend Bernard Muindi called days before his demise.

Rev Mathai recalled that, after small talk at the primate’s residence, he was handed two cartons that contained books that he said should be used for reference and another that was to be kept in the archives.

The one to be kept in the archives contained a blue and black robe, which are to be used at his burial.


“During the time of his death he was very funny,” said Rev Mathai. “It was as if he was aware he was dying; he actually bid everyone goodbye.

“He will be buried in a purple robe, the uniform for all moderators of the general assembly, while the black one will be kept in our archives.”

Rev Muindi died at Outspan Hospital in Nyeri County after battling a disease for two years.

The PCEA moderator in 1991-1997, he founded Tumaini Children’s home in Riamukurwe, Nyeri, which houses street children and orphans.

He will be buried on Monday at his home in Chogoria, Tharaka-Nithi County.