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Nairobi archbishop to join ritual cleansing of torture centre

Religious leaders in Kenya are planning to perform a cleansing ceremony at a building in the capital where secret torture chambers were discovered last month.

Archbishop Raphael S. Ndingi Mwana'a Nzeki (pictured) together with leaders of the Anglican and Presbyterian churches said they need to spiritually purge Nyayo House, a 24-storey building in Nairobi's city centre, of the acts of cruelty practised under its roof in the 1980s and 1990s.

The cleansing ceremony is scheduled for Sunday 23 March.

Hundreds of people - including university students and lecturers, artists, politicians and journalists - are believed to have been interrogated and tortured in 12 tiny cells in the basement of the building.

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Archbishop Raphael S. Ndingi Mwana'a Nzeki (
Kenya's house of horror (Voice of America)
Kenya: Ex-Political Detainees Visit The Torture Chambers (Black World Today)
Illiterate peasants showed impressive knowledge of the human anatomy (The East African)
I'm No Nyayo House Torturer -Assistant Minister (East African Standard)

13 Mar 2003