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Road mishaps dog Anglican Church talks

Posted on: August 30, 2002 2:19 PM
Related Categories: Kenya

Tragedy returned to haunt the Anglican Church of Kenya on 24 August when two women were injured in a road accident just days after five of their colleagues were killed in a similar incident.

A group of 35 women were returning home from the five-day national convention of the Anglican Mothers' Union held in Mombasa when their hired school bus crashed at Makindu on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway.

The group of 35 represented Kirinyaga Diocese at the convention.

The bus driver was trying to overtake a truck. "The two vehicles collided and my friend and I were injured," said Mrs Joyce Thuita, the head of Mother's Union in Kirinyaga Diocese. Mrs Thuita was treated and discharged at the Mater Hospital in Nairobi while her colleague, Mrs Eunice Mbika, was admitted.

Mrs Thuita said, "We had prayed before we left Mombasa. We praise God and thank him for everything." Archbishop David Gitari visited the injured at the hospital.

Five members of the church's Mother's Union from Kakamega died in a road accident on their way to Mombasa last week.

They were among a group of 46 who represented the Maseno North Diocese at the five-day meeting.

Their bus crashed near Chepsir market, 20 km from Kericho Town, killing the five and a six-year-old child. With the workshop participants struggling to absorb the shock, Archbishop Gitari addressed the meeting, saying women had contributed a lot to development but their efforts were rarely recognised.

Article from: The Nation, Nairobi by Mugumo Munene