Kenya: Nairobi's Bloody Witness

Pastor who resists injustice is repeatedly beaten by police.
The face by which most Kenyans recognize Timothy Njoya is covered in blood. By so often placing his life on the line for the poor and disadvantaged, this 59-year-old Nairobi pastor has become a bold witness to faith in Christ, thereby enhancing the credibility of the church in Kenya.

Njoya, a Presbyterian, is at the forefront of an effort not only to rid the country of a corrupt government but to make the church as passionately committed to social justice as it is to church growth and biblical faith. He therefore often finds himself at loggerheads with elements in both church and state. Responding to criticism that the church has chosen sides in the country's politics, Njoya freely admits that the church is the most partisan institution in the world. "The church is partisan against injustice, oppression, and dictatorship," he said to the Nairobi newspaper The Nation.

"The Constitution should give us the right to hire and fire our governments," Njoya added. "Instead, it has colonized us. Sovereignty does not belong to us. We have been denied that."

On December 10, he received Canada's prestigious John Humphrey Freedom Award for his efforts to strengthen human rights and democracy in Kenya.

The award, given each year by the Montreal—based International Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development, is named in honor of John Peters Humphrey, the Canadian who prepared the first draft of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"We hope that this international award will help provide some form of protection to Reverend Timothy Njoya, who has been targeted by the Kenyan police," said Warren Allmand, president of the center. "He is an inspiration to all those who continue to struggle for peace, justice, and equality in Kenya." ...

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