By Honore Onana Olah, SJ
“It is certainly a great honour and a surprise.” These are the words pronounced by Fr. Deogratias M. Rwezaura, SJ, during the visit of the Malagasy President Andry Rajoelina and the First Lady, Mrs. Mialy Rajoelina who were welcomed on March 14, 2019, for the first time at Hekima University College, Jesuit University based in Nairobi-Kenya.
It was around 18:15 (local time) that Mr. Andry Rajoelina, President of the Republic of Madagascar, and the First Lady, Mrs. Mialy Rajoelina were welcomed by Fr. Deogratias M. Rwezaura, SJ, Rector of Hekima University College, Ms. Arlene Acosta, Registrar of the same institution, and Abel Rakotomala, Consul of Madagascar in Kenya, were at his side.
This is the first ever visit of a Malagasy President to this Jesuit institution that trains lay and religious theologians. The visit also takes place on the sidelines of the international meeting on the environment, which is being held at Nairobi One Planet Summit, on the theme “Africa Pledge”.
After the brief introduction to his institution to the Malagasy presidential couple and the interaction of the President Rajoelina with his compatriots of the diaspora on his vision of Madagascar, Fr. Deogratias M. Rwezaura, SJ, Rector of Hekima University College shared with us his profound sentiments of joy:
Deacon Ranaivosolofo Ravo Noël, a Jesuit from Madagascar, and one of the attending participant at this meeting with his President was kind enough to share with us the message of the President Rajoelina to the Malagasy diaspora living in Kenya: