How self-reliance came to define retired churchman

From the wheelchair to which he is confined, the Very Reverend John Gachango Gatu cuts a forlorn pose—a far cry from the firebrand Presbyterian cleric Kenyans remember. But looks are deceptive, for a few days earlier, he showed our editorial team the door after we ambushed him for an interview. On this Tuesday afternoon, however, it’s a congenial Gatu congratulating us for keeping time. “We have a practice in this country that time is not of any use. If you tell somebody, ‘Come at 2 o’clock’, he comes at 3.…

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