Catholic followers in Nyeri County are in shock after the commemorative plaque which was unveiled by President Kenyatta on May 23, 2015 during Sister Nyaatha’s historic beatification ceremony in Nyeri went missing.
The portraits of Blessed Sister Irene Stephani Nyaatha had been erected around her memorial plaque was stolen.
County Executive for Special Programmes Lucy Wanyitu, expressed her disappointment after learning about the vandalism of the plaque, stating that the people involved lacked a sense of duty to serve their county and conserve their environment.
According to a report Fr Peter Githinji of Our Lady of Consolata Catholic Cathedral indicated that people who made away with the Sister’s pictures could have been fanatics who wanted to place them in their own homes.
He however, condemned the act and called for the County Government to take care of the historic monument.
“They planted the plaque there and placed the pictures too, it is their obligation to ensure that place is safe and clean at all times. They should also improve the place with proper lighting,” Fr Githinji stated.
The unfortunate incident comes one month before the first anniversary of Nyaatha’s beatification.