Wednesday, 12 November 2008

KENYA: Catholic University’s Otunga Award Seeks More Funds

NAIROBI, September 26, 2008 (CISA) -The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) is seeking more funds to help bright but needy students under a scholarship project dedicated to the former archbishop of Nairobi, the late Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga.The Cardinal Otunga Scholarship (COS) fundraising dinner will be held on October 1 at the Panafric Hotel at 6.30 pm.The cardinal died in 2003 and the archdiocese of Nairobi has signaled intention to open the cause for his beatification. His tomb at the Resurrection Garden retreat centre continues to draw thousands of Kenyans touched by his legendary humility, steadfastness in the faith and statesmanship.“In the life of Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga, there are several remarkable things he did, actions he championed and decisions he made that call his admirers to search for ways and means of perpetuating what he stood for,” said CUEA vice chancellor Prof John Maviiri.Explaining the scholarship, Prof Maviiri said “the initiative is in recognition and appreciation of the cardinal’s dedication to conquer ignorance and give quality education to the needy but deserving students.”Cardinal Otunga was instrumental in the founding of CUEA in 1984. The university has grown from the initial 21 students to over 5,000, pursuing courses in commerce, education, law, social sciences and theology.Under the Otunga project, the university has so far granted scholarships worth KSh 900,000 to 18 beneficiaries. The university wants to expand the scholarship to Ksh 50 million.Prof Maviiri appealed to well wishers to support the initiative.Contact CUEA: P.O. Box 62157 00200 Nairobi Kenya, Tel: +254 20 890095 Fax: +254 20 891261 or Email:

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