DEPOSITION OF WITNESSES AND CLOSING SESSION
Preparations followed for the summoning of the witnesses to appear before the Tribunal and to give their testimony. The first witnesses were heard on 29 November 2011. In the twenty-one months that followed, 22 months, around 160 more witnesses coming from Nairobi, Bungoma, Kisumu, Kisii, Mombasa Kakamega and Homa Bay gave their accounts on the life and virtues of the Servant of God Cardinal Otunga. On the same time, thousands of pages of the Servant of God’s writings were further found from various church archives and private collections within and outside Kenya.
After evaluating that the materials gathered by the Tribunal and the Historical Commission are sufficient to write the life and prove the heroic virtues of the Servant of God, Dr. Hilgeman and Bro. Cruz recommended to Cardinal Njue in early August 2013 that the Diocesan Inquiry could be closed. After consulting with members of the Tribunal and the support Committees, Cardinal Njue announced to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Nairobi and of the Catholic Church in Kenya that the Solemn Closing of the Diocesan Inquiry will take place on 28 September 2013.
During the Solemn Closing, all the documents gathered for the process will be publicly sealed in accordance with the longstanding practice of the Church. All of these documents would then be sent to the Vatican to begin the so-called Roman Phase of the process.