The Cardinal Otunga Memorial Lecture and Cardinal Otunga Scholarship Fundraising

cadinalotungascholarshipThe annual Cardinal Otunga Memorial and Fundraising took place on 6th September 2013 at the Holy Family Minor Basilica Hall, Nairobi. Rt. Rev. John Obala Owaa, Bishop of Ngong celebrated mass with the Catholic faithful at the Holy Family Basilica, Nairobi.

Giving his keynote address at the event, Rt. Rev. John Obala Owaa, Bishop of Ngong, remarked that Cardinal Otunga simply wanted to be a Servant of God.

“He used to stay at Nyumba ya Wazee and possessed only two pairs of shoes. He was a humble and simple man, who gave everyone his attention. We should live a life of sharing and caring and pray constantly for the process of his beatification.” Said Rt. Rev. John Obala.

The total amount of money raised from cash contributions, cheques and pledges was kshs. 1,938,570.30


The function was attended by; His Eminence Cardinal John Njue; Rt. Rev. John Obala Owaa, Bishop of Ngong; Bishop Alfred Rotich, The head of the Kenya Defence Force Catholic Church;

AMECEA Secretary General, Very Rev. Fr. Ferdinand Lugonzo; Dr. Sam Kiruthu, Managing Director, Pacifis Advisory Limited; Msgr. Dr. Pius Rutechura, The Vice Chancellor, The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA); Rev. Fr. Paul Ng’ang’a, Chairman, University fundraising committee; CUEA staff members; and CUEA students who are beneficiaries of the Cardinal Otunga scholarship.


Mr. Cornelius Makori Mireri, a Bachelor of Commerce student at CUEA, shared a brief history of his life. Born of single mother, he was taken to a neighboring home where he worked as a herd’s boy at the tender age of six. A well wisher offered to pay for his school fees at Moguga Primary school Kisii.

Raising the school fees for high school at Omwari Secondary School was a big challenge. At one point he was forced to take leave from studies for two years. He turned to casual jobs and managed to raise some money for his tuition. Mr. Makori transferred to Otamba Secondary school and attained a B plain in his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams. After high school, he did casual jobs at construction sites. He later joined Bedrock Security Service Limited and was posted to work at CUEA as a security guard, after he successfully completed his training.

One day as he was going home he was offered a lift by a faculty member. As he shared his life experience, the professor was touched by his story and gave him an appointment for the next day. He presented his papers to professor who assisted him in the admission process to CUEA.

Fee payment was a struggle in the 1st semester. However, some CUEA staff members and his friends graciously assisted him to get through.

Mr. Makori enrolled for the work study programme where he earns some money to pay for his daily upkeep. He is now a fulltime Bachelor of Commerce Student thanks to the scholarships he has received from the University. Makori thanked CUEA for the support he has received so far and he is optimistic that he will realize his dream

of graduating at the University.


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