Its Not Illuminati! The Religious Institution Kenya Central Bank Governor Belongs In
Opus Dei, formally known as the Prelature of the Holy Cross is an institution of the Catholic Church which teaches that everyone is called to holiness and that ordinary life is a path to sanctity
In Kenya the institution has over 1,000 members, and perhaps the most prominent in recent times is Central Bank of Kenya Governor Dr Patrick Njoroge.
When the Yale-trained economist was appointed CBK governor in June 2015, Kenyans learnt that he was a numerary member of the Opus Dei.
A numerary is a celibate member who usually lives in a special centre run by Opus Dei. Governor Njoroge opted to live in a communal centre in Loresho instead of the official governor’s residence in Muthaiga, Nairobi.
Members of the Opus Dei eschew wealth and other worldly possessions.
During his vetting for the position by MPs, Dr Njoroge said he does not own any property in Kenya. Most members give all their earnings and only get a stipend for basic survival from Opus Dei.
Indeed, when asked about his philosophy of life in an interview with the Business Daily in April 2018, Dr George Njenga said: “It’s a very simple philosophy; I work for God and for the service of the common good. I’ve since convinced myself that I shouldn’t be bothering too much about money. Before I reached 22, I loved money.”
He added: “As an ordinary man, the only pain I have is to see myself going without any child of my own blood. I wish I had a wife and many children, but I made up my mind to serve God and others. When you choose something, then you have to be committed to it.”
In 2011 The parents of Sophie Naliaka Kibanani went to court, accusing the Opus Dei, a Roman Catholic order, of indoctrinating their daughter into a life of celibacy.
Naliaka, then 25, was a student at Strathmore University, a corporate apostolic undertaking of the Opus Dei.
The case lodged by her father, Dr Charles Kibanani and mother, Hellen Kibanani, who charged that their first born of two children was suffering from a mental disorder “largely occasioned by her involvement in Opus Dei lifestyle and activities”.
An A-student, Naliaka was admitted to the University of Nairobi Medical School, before she transferred to study computer science at Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology (JKUAT) and finally settled on a Bachelor of Commerce at Strathmore University. She graduated in absentia among the top of her class on June 24, 2011 three years after she decided to join the Prelature of Opus Dei as a numerary member at 22.
The parents argued that Opus Dei had resisted any attempts to “cure her of the indoctrination” besides “clandestinely and aggressively” recruiting her as a numerary.
There were differing psychiatrist reports tabled in court on Naliaka. One from Mathari Psychiatric Referral Hospital stated that Naliaka had a “history of running away from home, talking to herself and over religiosity” and that “she was put on treatment for a delusional disorder and took neuroleptic medication daily until she ran away to allegedly rejoin this religious sect.”
Another from a consultant psychiatrist was to the effect that she was mentally fit.
The High Court in Nairobi dismissed the case.